The 14th School Games National Finals reached its epic conclusion at Loughborough University

Thousands of young athletes have made their way home after an exhilarating four days of sport at the 14th School Games National Finals, a multi-sport event which aims to give them the experience and tools to follow in the footsteps of professional athletes, many of which were on campus.

On top of Tokyo 2020 Olympians Holly Bradshaw and Alice Dearing opening up proceedings on the Thursday, Judo Paralympian Chris Skelley visited Wheelchair Tennis athletes on the final day following his successful gold journey at Tokyo 2020.

Highlights for the final day included one-to-watch Nottingham-based Abbie Breakwell taking gold in the Girl’s Wheelchair Tennis Singles, while Ben Bartam and Ruby Bishop rose to the top in Mixed Doubles.

After an exhilarating few days at the National Cricket Performance Centre, Team Sciver clinched gold following a tense match against competitors Team Knight. Both Ulster Boys and Girls teams took home gold over at the hockey pitches.

Over at Wheelchair Basketball the England North Girls team claimed a tight victory from England South with just one point between the two teams. England South topped the podium out of the boys. Netball came to a thundering close with captain Lydia Hine leading Manchester Thunder to victory over Surrey Storm.

Laser Run came to a precise close with the Mixed Relay resulting in Daisy Hassell and Dylan Robbins from Team Saxons finishing first. Annabel Scott, a bronze medal athlete in the Laser Run Mixed Relay has commented on her experience at the event as “super-seeding expectations.”

On top of the medals in sport, there were also awards for the ‘Spirit of the Games’. These were created to recognise the athletes and volunteers that have demonstrated the six core values of the School Games throughout the weekend: passion, determination, teamwork, honesty, respect, and self-belief. William Wilson and Holly May were such examples.

Ali Oliver, CEO of Youth Sport Trust commented; “On the last day of this long, exciting a feeling of achievement was in the air from both athletes and coaches as we reflect on this year’s National Finals.

“It has been absolutely incredible getting to witness over a thousand of young athletes come together following a difficult year for all and perform at such a high level. We cannot wait to see what the athletes bring next year!”

You can view all results from the 4-day competition here: https://www.schoolgamesfinals.org/results/.

You can view images from the event here: https://flic.kr/ps/3Xikuy.