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Schools’ Commonwealth Games in Pendle

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A fantastic day of sport took place at Seedhill Athletics Track, Nelson, for the 2014 Primary Commonwealth Games.

It was a colourful occasion, with each school representing a country from the Commonwealth.

Former Mayor of Pendle Coun. Smith Benson opened the Games and Abbey Blackledge organised a Samba Band made up of pupils from Holy Trinity, St Philip’s, West Street and Pendle Primary Academy who entertained the crowd.

There were 18 different events which took place, some Paralympic, and all were closely contested between the 25 primary schools attending.

The following schools took part: Barnoldswick (Canada), Holy Trinity (New Zealand), St Mary’s (Gambia), Barrowford (Singapore), Kelbrook (Australia), Nelson St Philip’s (Mauritius), Blacko (Rwanda), Laneshaw Bridge (Cameroon), St Thomas’s (Jersey), Castercliff (Bermuda), Marsden (Jamaica), Trawden (Malaysia), Christ Church (Ghana), Park (Tanzania), Walverden (Sri Lanka), Coates Lane (Gibraltar), Primet (Malta), West Street (Nigeria), Earby (Samoa), Salterforth (Bangladesh) and Wheatley Lane (Uganda).

Pendle Leisure Trust and Nelson and Colne College Sixth Form came together to carry out the 2014 athletics day.

Neil Stewart, from the Sports Development Team, designed the day’s events and time schedule. He then handed over to the college’s sport students, who made sure everything went as smoothly as possible.

Mr Stewart, Pendle School Games Organiser, said: “It was a fantastic day. There were over 400 children who competed in the 18 events, including three Paralympic events. The sport students were a credit to the college and ensured that the day ran smoothly and efficiently. My thanks to them all for a job well done!”

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