Pupils find their way to orienteering gold medal

St Peter's won gold in the orienteering.

St Peter's won gold in the orienteering.

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Pupils from schools across Lancaster and Heysham stormed to success at this year’s SPAR Lancashire School Games county finals after bringing home a clutch of medals.

More than 1,600 youngsters took part in the largest youth sporting event in the county, which saw pupils from 15 Lancashire districts battle it out at Blackpool’s Stanley Park to be crowned county champions in 16 sports including cricket, tennis, athletics and gymnastics.

Team Lancaster and Heysham brought home a total of three medals, including one gold and two bronze.

St Peter’s C of E Primary School stole glory for team Heysham, helping retain the school’s status as county champions in orienteering for the second year running after navigating their way to success and scooping gold.

The success did not stop there for team Heysham, with Bolton-le-Sands Church of England Primary School bringing home bronze in tri golf, while Lancaster’s St Wilfrid’s C of E Primary School also helped rack-up the impressive medal tally after taking third place in one of the county final’s most intensely-fought sports – tag rugby.

An opening ceremony hosted by Rock FM presenter Jordan North kick-started proceedings, which saw pupils create a sea of colours as they marched in the district parade before enjoying a rousing dance performance by students from Chorley’s Parklands High School.

Team GB handball athlete Chris McDermott, who competed in the London 2012 games, was on hand to provide extra inspiration to the children before the competitions began, while the SPAR Lancashire School Games mascot the Lancashire Lion was also present to cheer pupils on.

Now in its 10th year, the SPAR Lancashire School Games, which is part of Sport England’s national £128m school games programme, is designed to give all children the opportunity to participate in competitive sport.