Mounts Bay Academy has just been announced as this year’s winner of the Cornwall School Games ‘Championship Race’. This is the first year that the new points championship has run and it is named after England Rugby International, and former MBA student, Jack Nowell. The new structure was introduced by organisers to recognise both depth and breadth of performance across all the finals events throughout the year. So, whether you came first or eighth, it all mattered as points were allocated and counted towards the new ‘Championship Race’ that charts the achievement of schools across each of the sport competitions. Results of the ‘Points Race’ were only finalised in late September after the Water Sports events had to be rolled over from the summer term due to poor weather conditions.
The Cornwall School Games was first piloted in 2011 when 1,000 students from 32 schools competed in a number of sporting events. The Cornwall School Games now sees over 20,000 Cornish Primary and Secondary students from 200 Cornish Schools competing each year in qualifiers from September to June to qualify for the Cornwall School Games Finals.
Andy Harvey, Chair of the Local Organising Committee and Vice Principal at Mounts Bay Academy said; “The School Games provides that important balance that all of us involved in sport strive for, the opportunity for huge numbers to take part in sport along with a platform for elite performers to compete against the best countywide. It also provided an opportunity for young adults to experience Sports Leadership with over 200 leaders helping to organise, umpire and marshall the performers to make events run smoothly”.
Ian Veal, Head of PE at Mounts Bay Academy said: “It was a fantastic opportunity to host the games in 2016 to further promote sport in the area. To then win the Championship Race was hugely exciting, and rewarded our students and PE team for their dedication and sporting success!”