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Baylink Olympics 2015

Thank you to everyone who took part in or came along to support the fantastic Baylink Olympics last week. It was one of the largest student-led events in the country. The two day event saw over 1200 primary school students take part in a huge range of exciting sporting and cross-curricular activities. Over 350 Sandown Bay Academy students took charge of overseeing almost every aspect of the Olympics, including refereeing, coaching, timing, escorting and compering.
The Olympics began with a fantastic opening ceremony with a procession onto the track. Each primary school did an energetic and vibrant performance to kick start the two day event.

The primary school students spent one day competing in a range of sports including Athletics, Cycling, Netball, Basketball, Tag Rugby and Kwik cricket, these events were led and run by Sandown Bay Academy sports leaders. It was another great opportunity for the Sandown Bay students to use put into practice their excellent leadership skills.

Students spent the other day on a carousel of cross-curricular learning workshops that included shortbread making, designing and making medals, international learning and circus performance.

Students also had the chance to visit a ‘Sports Club Roadshow’ to get a taster of clubs in their local community. Wight Trash gave the opportunity to try skateboarding, Stone Farm Riding School provided pony rides, Ann Abe from Dance Vib’z got the children involved in dancing, Starlight Boutique gave taster cheerleading sessions, Isle of Wight Cricket Board ran cricket tasters and Sandown and Shanklin Rowing Club promoted ‘Try Rowing’.

The Olympic village served food from all around the world and Sandown Bay Academy students kept everyone entertained with live music.

During the closing ceremony the winning teams from the competition days were announced. Trophies were given out by Louis Attrill, ex-Sandown student and Olympic Gold medallist for rowing and Sam Fincham, ex-Sandown student who first thought up the concept for the ‘Baylink Olympics’ over 6 years ago. Sam spoke about how pleased he was to see how big it had become and how proud he was that the legacy lives on. Louis inspired the 1200 primary school children encouraging them to keep trying at whatever they do, and like him, one day they could become an Olympic athlete. 

Joint Gold was presented to Bembridge Primary School and Newchurch Primary School for the Year 3 & 4 competition day. Bembridge Primary School also took Gold for the Year 5 & 6 competition day.

‘Bembridge are thrilled to yet again be the winners of the Baylink Olympics. All of our children had a wonderful two days of sport and learning activities. The games are a credit to Sandown Bay Academy and its’ students who successfully run all of the sporting events. The games provide a fantastic sporting opportunity for our local schools and we are extremely grateful.’

Lindsey Stapeley, teacher at Bembridge Primary School

Click here to view the overall competition results

Click here to view the Year 3 & 4 competition results

Click here to view the Year 5 & 6 competition results