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Baylink Olympics 2017

posted 22 Jun 2017, 07:50 by Karen Bricknell   [ updated 22 Jun 2017, 07:51 ]

What an amazing two days at The Baylink Olympics!


Over 1000 local primary school students from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 took part in one of the largest student-led events in the Country.


Tuesday 20th June was the Year 5 and 6 competition day and Wednesday 21st June was the Year 3 and 4 competition day. A vibrant opening ceremony kicked off both of the days; the primary schools, each representing a different country were led down to the track by Sandown Bay Academy student ambassadors. Dancers from Dance Vibez performed incredible dances that got the students excited for the day’s activities.


Students competed in a wide range of sports and cross-curricular activities including Performing Arts, Languages, Athletics, Cycling, Netball, Basketball, Tag Rugby and Kwik Cricket. There was also an Olympic Village with entertainment and a sports club roadshow where many of our partnership clubs gave up their time to give students taster sessions.

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Each day ended with a closing ceremony where medals were awarded for the overall winning school on the day. The results were:  



Year 3 and 4 results

Year 5 and 6 results

Overall results

1st Place

1st – Newchurch Primary

The Bay Primary

Newchurch Primary

2nd Place

2nd – The Bay Primary

Newchurch Primary

The Bay Primary

3rd Place

3rd – Bembridge Primary

Gatten and Lake Primary

Bembridge Primary


Thank you to Sandown Bay Academy students who did a superb job in leading and running the two days and to the primary school students who really embraced the Olympic spirit.


We have received lots of positive feedback:

“Our children have been excited about the Baylink Games for the last few weeks, and it certainly did not disappoint. The Sports Leaders provided by Sandown Bay Academy were very welcoming and performed a brilliant job running the events, helping to look after the children, and encouraging throughout. The sports were organised superbly with a great range on offer to suit all, and the children loved using the great facilities that Sandown Bay Academy have.

It was a very positive experience for every single one of our children, and they absolutely loved being a part of such a big and professional event.”

Mr Tuck, PE Co-ordinator at Newchurch Primary School



"You should be really proud, your students are an absolute credit. They are all extremely polite, always say please and thank you."

Fred, Jules Ice Cream Van


Claire Manning -  What an amazing event!! Absolutely brilliant and the students did Sandown Bay Academy proud!! Special shout out to Charlie and Cory who really cheered on the basketball and made the kids feel great! Well done to all.

Gina Hopkins My daughter thoroughly enjoyed helping this year. Very fond memories of her taking part with her primary school. On every occasion that I have attended this event, the students have been amazing! A true credit to the school.


Kathy Kelly Well done to everyone who took part Sandown Bay Academy should be highly commended and proud of themselves .. this is another reason why this school should not close, it would rip the heart out of the community and the children associated with it.


Sam Dyer A big 'Thank you' to Cory Sanderson, George Robinson and Oli who went above and beyond over the last couple of days to make our children feel like proper athletes. You have no idea how much your patience and guidance impacted on our young children. You boys are great representatives of your school.


Jamie McInnes Completely agree Sam Dyer. Thanks George, Cory and Ollie.

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Jane Followill My daughter loved the games yesterday, thank you x


Alex Dempsey Thank you for having us ! Your pupils were great ambassadors for your school. Big shout to Luke who helped Newchurch tag rugby teams! Brilliant young man.

Clare King Fantastic ambassadors for Sandown, all should be really proud, big thanks to Rachel Roberts and Bethany Underdown for helping Bembridge win the netball on both days and what about the cycling!!!!!!! Fantastic!!!! I thought the officials were magnificent, Rory Day, Jaz, Amie Jupe, Sophie Nixon, Georgia Apter to name a few but all were really really great, xxxxx

Sarah Girling My 7 yr old had a fantastic time and was actually very emotional after being given a 'gold' medal today! The Y3 & Y4s from Bay Primary came second today and had a great day. Thank you!!

Ben Wightwick Well done everyone!


Treena Clement Great atmosphere there this morning. Well done Sandown Bay.


Jenni Denness

I just wanted to express how impressed I was at the Baylink Olympics, which I had the pleasure of coming along to in order to support my son in year 3 and daughter in year 6 from the Bay primary.


The staff obviously worked incredibly hard to plan and execute such a well organised and extensive event, which my children thoroughly enjoyed. Both opening and closing ceremonies were incredibly well planned and entertaining, an asset to both staff and pupils. The students representing the academy were impeccable at all times,team managers supporting and encouraging their teams; alongside the referees from the upper school who very nobly gave up their study leave to support the event. The event encompassed such a great sense of community and encouragement for such a wide range of sports, which was exceptionally commendable. The academy should be extremely proud of what they have given to the both the primary schools privileged to be able to attend and the bay area community as a whole.

The primary school children at the event seemed to engage themselves wholeheartedly in the activities - the ones they were competing in and the trial events in the Olympic village. There was a great sense of fun and a strong sense of team felt, and what a great way to introduce youngsters to and promote sport. When observing the children - notably years 5 and 6 from Nettlestone Primary ( in pink) were stood track side supporting and encouraging their team members, it encompassed the spirit of the event and was such a joy to watch.

In light of the uncertain future of the Academy, it is this ethos promoted by the school that would be greatly missed and leave a hole in our community, and exactly why I chose Sandown Bay Academy as my first and only choice of high school for my children. I just hope that sense prevails and this event can carry on for many years to come. Well done to all the staff for spending their time planning and setting up this event and for the school in getting behind it to make it such a success, you should all feel extremely accomplished, you achieved something very special and something my children, and many others I am sure, were very proud to be a part of.