Olympic legacy will live on in young athletes

The legacy lives on at Stoke Mandeville Stadium
The legacy lives on at Stoke Mandeville Stadium

A staggering 1,500 young athletes from across Bucks and Milton Keynes took part in a ‘mini-Olympic’ style festival of sport in the exciting culmination of a year’s worth of sporting competition across the county last week.

Starting at the prestigious Stoke Mandeville Stadium, birthplace of the Paralympic Games, all 1,500 children took to the main hall for a spectacular opening ceremony. The ceremony ended with an thrilling Mascot race, involving different mascots from each of the eight School Games Areas, and leaving the young athletes full of excitement for the competitions during the rest of the day.

Teams of athletes then moved to their chosen sporting arena, one of four across Aylesbury, to take part in their specialist sport. The day certainly promoted Olympic and Paralympic values, with its Fair Play Awards and the focus on participation by young people with disabilities, girls and other under-represented groups.

Michaela Smith, sports development manager and head of young people at Bucks Sport, said: “It was a great opportunity for our young people to take part in their own ‘mini-Olympic’ style festival of sport, make new friends and have lots of fun. And I trust it will leave them feeling inspired.”