In the final day of the 2018 National finals, the swimming pool was bustling with excitement; it was Barry McClements who impressed, claiming three golds in total for Ireland in the two day event.

Speaking of his success he said:

“I really didn’t expect it… I thought I might medal in two of the races but to get three golds is amazing.”

England East’s Maisie Macartney finished the Games with a phenomenal four golds and one bronze.

In the girls MC 100m fly, the spectacularly close race finished with two gold medal winners: Wales’ Rebecca Lewis and the England North’s Aliya Bacakoglu.

Scotland East & West girls won the gold in the 4x200m freestyle relay, setting a new National Junior Record.

Fencing was dominated by team England, with the squad taking home gold in every event… that’s 12 in total!

England Blue took the trophy for the boys and girls Hockey, with the both Ulster teams and both England Red teams medalling also.

England Blue girls had consolidated their win with a 5-0 thrashing of England White, who had made a valiant effort.

Today hosted the team event of Judo, which saw England A‘s face off with Scotland A in the final, which England won.

Volleyball’s England Cadet girls who saw the top spot of the podium, winning their games two sets to nil against both Wales and Scotland East.

Scotland East won the boys competition, conquering England Cadets 2-1 and Northern Ireland 2-0 in the fourth day of the event.

Layla Donnelly of Scotland West volleyball girls won the UKAD Spirit of the Games award.

In the final of the cricket, team Brunt were victorious over team Knight, by two wickets. Loughborough Lightning’s Georgie Boyce scored a solid 31, and Sarah Glenn fantastically took two wickets when bowling.

The event had been praised profusely over the weekend, showing an abundance of talent in its debut at the School Games.

Wales’ cyclists took home the overall gold today, after the Road Race in Slawston finished the event, with Scotland coming second and Central taking the bronze.

A spokesperson said:

“It’s been a great few days for Wales. The whole team has pulled together to get some fantastic results and they’re leaving as well-deserved overall Road Race champions!”

The Wheelchair Basketball was tense, with the gold medal winners England North beating a talented England Central team 47-34. The North had a squad bursting with great players, such as Brooke Mottram who was selected for the GB u25s programmes, and competes in u19s league as well as the adult league.

The day had been full of tension, with games such as Scotland v England South keeping the crowds on the edge of their seat, not being more than five points away from each other for the whole game, which finished 58-56 to Scotland, taking bronze.

Table Tennis’ England South East took home the Team gold, with the individual golden medal girls being Sarah Menghistab, Kate Cheer and Isabelle Joubeily, with Cheer and Joubeily teaming up to make a formidable doubles team.

England South East’s Shae Thakker played with style; he won the gold for the Disability Standing competition.

In the Wheelchair Tennis, Zak Corbishley of England Blue won the Fair Play award trophy!

Fran Smith of Wales impressed, winning the singles and doubles golds in her first School Games.

It has been an unforgettable 2017 School Games, with records broken, countless medals and fantastic sportsmanship all round. The atmosphere will be missed upon campus, and the countdown to the 2018 event begins…