Athletes rise to Olympics challenge

Young athletes from Trinity Academy took to the dunes, courts and pitches last Friday to test their mettle in a variety of sports as they and students from their sister schools came together for an annual Olympics event.

The Trinity students joined scores of others from across the North of England who travelled to Bede Academy, Blyth, to take part in the Emmanuel Schools Foundation sporting festival.

Boys and girls from Trinity ran a cross country course that took in the unusual environment of the local beach and dunes at Blyth, while back at Bede Academy teams competed at volleyball in the sports hall, hockey on the Astro, netball on the MUGA and football on the playing fields.


Also taking part were students from Emmanuel College, Gateshead, The King’s Academy, Coulby Newham and, for the first time since joining ESF, students from Grace College, Gateshead.

Welcoming the students to the event, Bede Academy acting principal Julie Roberts said: “ESF is a family and each young athlete has been carefully selected to represent their school, to be an ambassador, not just because of their sporting prowess but because of their character and conduct.

“It’s the taking part that is important, about wishing each other well and doing their personal best out there, with a little bit of healthy competition to enable student to shine.”

Head of PE at Trinity Academy Katie O’Brien added: “Once again the Olympics provided the opportunity for students to compete at the highest level, forge friendships and make lasting memories.

“It was great to see all the athletes giving their all but, after the whistle blew or the line was crossed, exhibiting great sportsmanship, warmth and friendship to their fellow competitors.”