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Paralympian Danny Crates at the QuadKids event

Ipswich academies put Olympic effort into QuadKids event

Sixty-three schools and academies take part in Olympic-themed athletics day

Posted by Stephanie Broad | June 29, 2016 | Sports & leisure

Academies and schools throughout Ipswich competed in the eighth annual School Games Quad Kids event on 15 June. 

Over 600 pupils from 63 schools were joined by 100 young leaders from local high schools at Northgate High School and Sports Centre with help of Ipswich Sports Club and Gresham’s Sports Club.

QuadKids is an athletics concept supported by England Athletics, where each team is involved in four rotations, competing in the four core disciplines of running, throwing, jumping and sprinting (600m, Vortex Howler, Standing Long Jump and 75m). All points are added together to find the best athlete in each event as well as the top-performing schools overall. 

Westbourne Academy organised the event in partnership with local Copleston High School. Sponsorship was also generously provided by Waitrose. 

This year’s event had an Olympic theme with each school allocated a country which they represented on the day with face painting, flags and t-shirts. Special guest for the day was Paralympian Danny Crates.  Danny is widely considered one of the greatest British disability athletes of all time. In the Athens 2004 Paralympics he won gold in the men’s 800 metres T46 final at the Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, a year which also saw him set a new world record. He gave an inspirational speech at the start of the event to motivate the participants.

Britannia School in Ipswich came out on top with the most points in all events, topping the table of all schools involved. Sidegate School also in Ipswich was awarded second place overall and Kyson School in Woodbridge came third. 

Alison Furlong, School Games organiser from Westbourne Academy, commented: “The event grows in stature year on year and this year was no exception.  Each pupil gave their very best effort on the day and our Olympic theme added something special to the event. 

“It is always such an inspirational and exciting day and we are very grateful to all of the speakers, sponsors, teachers, local coaches and everyone else who gave their time to help the smooth running of the event. 

“We were also pleased to welcome Ian Morgan, creator of QuadKids, to our event who said it was the best he’d been to in years.

“Thank you to everyone for your support and well done to all of the pupils who participated!”

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