Leeds pupils on their marks with sporting challenge

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Hundreds of school pupils were going for gold at a major multi-sports competition in Leeds.

Youngsters from schools across West Yorkshire, including Leeds and Wakefield, went head-to-head in the 2015 West Yorkshire Sainsbury’s School Games summer finals at Leeds Beckett University’s Headingley Campus.

The West Yorkshire School Games, Leeds Beckett University, Headingley, Leeds..girls Hurdle Race...SH1004160k 7th July 2015...Picture by Simon Hulme

The West Yorkshire School Games, Leeds Beckett University, Headingley, Leeds..girls Hurdle Race...SH1004160k 7th July 2015...Picture by Simon Hulme

They competed in a variety of different sporting challenges including athletics, cheerleading, cycling, football and gymnastics.

Fornmer Olympic racing cyclist Bryan Steel officially opened the event and offered encouragement. Bryan, who is now retired, was a member of Team GB’s cycling team for 18 years.

He represented the country at four Olympics and obtaining an impressive collection of medals including four World Championship silvers and an Olympic bronze and silver in team pursuit

The summer finals, which were held yesterday, formed part of the inaugural annual West Yorkshire School Games, which had been organised by a team from West Yorkshire Sport.

The West Yorkshire School Games, Leeds Beckett University, in Headingley.

The West Yorkshire School Games, Leeds Beckett University, in Headingley.

Nigel Harrison, chief executive of West Yorkshire Sport, said: “The 2015 School Games got off to a great start in March with the winter finals, when youngsters competed in sports including rowing, table tennis, disability football and quicksticks hockey.

“The summer finals will build on this and again offer young people of all abilities and backgrounds the opportunity to participate in a range of competitive school sports.

“Our School Games events help children to develop teamwork and leadership skills in a fun and challenging environment whilst encouraging them to maintain an active lifestyle.”

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