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The 2018 School Games

We are extremely proud of one of our Year 9 pupils; Ethan Grimshaw who took part in the 2018 School Games. The School Games is a major multi-sport event for the most talented young athletes across the UK! Read Ethan's article below:

I have been learning to pilot a tandem both on the track and the road for a while now and over the summer I was lucky enough to take part in the School Games as part of the para-cycling team.  The School Games took place at Loughborough University, where over 1400 athletes took part in 11 sports (5 of which included disability competition). 
On Thursday I travelled down to Loughborough with the North West Cycling team, picking up other athletes on the way.  When we got there, we got our team and country kit (orange/black cycling kit for the Para-cycling team and white t-shirts and hoodies for England), accreditation passes which we had to wear everywhere, and were shown to the halls of residence where we would be staying for the next 4 days.  It didn’t take us long to find the athletes lounge where we could relax or play games and meet other athletes. 
On the first evening the para team and coaches got together and we all got to know everyone.  Unlike the other cycling teams, most of us had never even met each other or ridden together before.  As well as riding with our partners (known as stokers on the back of a tandem) we had to help them over the weekend, guiding them around, describing what’s on offer in the canteen, giving commentary on competitions or races we were watching etc.   

Saturday was race day, we were doing street sprints on campus along with the regional cycling teams.  This was live streamed, so people could watch it at home.  It started with individual time trials.  The course was 400m long and included several bends and was uphill.  We were then put into heats on the results of our time and raced again against another tandem. The winners went up a heat and the losers went down a heat until we got to the last heats for the final positions.  On one of our heats, our opponents clipped a pedal on a bend and swerved into my handlebars.  A tandem is much harder to control than a bike but we all managed to get to the finish line in one piece!     

Sunday’s race was again with the regional cycling teams but this time on a closed road circuit.  When I went to check out the course and look at the hill that people had mentioned I didn’t think it was that bad but what I didn’t realise was that it was a false summit and it was a 2km straight climb.  On a tandem that took a lot of pedalling to get up it!  There were 10 tandems racing together, gridded in 3’s, and so that people could have a held start we decided to neutralise the first lap to make it fair.  After that we were off and racing.  We were doing well but had a mechanical issue and dropped the chain.  After putting it back on and chasing back on we moved through the group and managed to get into third place but then the chain dropped again, that’s racing! 
It was an amazing weekend and I am really glad that I got the opportunity to be part of the School Games.  I learnt lots over the weekend, met so many people and made loads of new friends.  I’m looking forward to doing more piloting and hopefully might get to do some more racing too.   

Ethan Grimshaw Year 9