Winter Newsletter 2016 - page 14

Devon Ability Games continue to Inspire
Great Torrington School took 9 athletes, 13 sports leaders and GTS members of Streetz Dance crew to Barnstaple on Wednesday 16th
November to take part in the annual Autumn Devon Ability Games at Tarka Tennis Centre, where athletes from all over the county
came together to participate in a range of sporting activities. The games encourage young people of all abilities to take part and share
the positivity of the “Spirit of the Games’ whose values are: Teamwork, Honesty, Respect, Self-Belief, Passion and Determination.
Streetz Dance Crew made it an exciting and lively opening ceremony, they also provided a dance workshop for the whole day. Harry
Hendy had the privilege of reading out the School games’ oath as part of the opening ceremony in front of 400 young people from
around Devon. There were many sports on offer throughout the day for GTS pupils to try including: archery, street dance, new age
curling, wheelchair basketball, golf, table cricket, shooting and a cultural activity.
Students were also very excited to be able to meet and chat to Exmouth based GB Paralympic Swimmer/triathlete, David Hill. David
joined the British Paratriathlon squad in 2013 having come from a swimming background and was Paralympics GB’s youngest athlete at
the Athens Games in 2004.
Adrian Avery, School Games Organiser for North Devon, commented, “This is a fantastic event and it is great to see so many young
people take part and enjoy sport. It’s important to provide opportunity for everyone and we are thrilled that so many young people are
here at this event.”
Mrs McCulloch, GTS PE Learning Support Assistant went to this year’s game and said, “This was one of the best school trips I’ve
attended; the pupils were extremely well behaved, they were enthusiastic and joined in all the activities. It was lovely to see them
enjoying themselves so much and they got a lot out of it personally – Harry read the oath during the opening ceremony in front of a
crowd of 400 people which was a very proud moment, and Harlum was so good at wheelchair basketball that he’s joining a club!”
Sport
Annual Stephen Shield
Cross Country
This year’s annual Cross Country was once again as competitive
as ever. With the primary school races increasing in numbers
year on year and drawing visitors from across North Devon the
event is very busy and lots of organisational time is given by the
PE team to ensure its efficiency.
Races are split into age categories beginning at Year 3 right
through to Year 11. We were treated to wonderful weather this
year as students set off from the Rugby Pitches. The race is a real
test of endurance with the numerous up-hill and down-hill
sections being a real challenge. Luckily the good weather meant
that the course was dry, leading to some very fast times. Well
done to all of the runners.
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank the ladies from Torrington Rugby club for
serving refreshments to visitors and allowing us to use their facilities, and to Mr Glenn
Bealy for the use of his land and helping to set up.
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