THERE was a strong Olympic flavour to a schools athletics event staged at Stanney Oaks.
This year’s Ellesmere Port, Neston and Helsby School Games, organised by the Cheshire Links School Sport Partnership, were contested by 32 local primary schools and 800 pupils.
A similar number of parents and teachers watched the action unfold last Thursday.
With this year’s event taking place just a few weeks before the start of the London 2012 Games, schools spent many months designing Olympic flags and posters while also taking part in a series of competitions to secure places in their school’s team.
The five secondary school members of the School Sport Partnership – UCE Academy, Whitby High, Neston High, Ellesmere Port Catholic High and Helsby High – worked together to organise the event along with Chris Caskie, Cheshire School Games manager.
Each school represented a different country and dressed in the colours of their particular nation.
First place overall went to Kingsley Community Primary School (representing Argentina), while second place went to Helsby Hillside Primary School (New Zealand) and Neston Primary (Ireland) finished third.
The fair play trophy was awarded to The Oaks Primary and the best national costume award was presented to William Stockton Primary.
The School Sport Partnership organises more than 80 events each year. If any businesses in Ellesmere Port, Neston, Helsby or Frodsham would like to support one of the next competitions, contact Chris Caskie by phone on 0151-338- 2408 or email email@example.com.