UK SCHOOL GAMES
Glasgow - 7th to 11th September 2006
Sam Oldham (13) and Reece Pearson (14)
were selected to compete for England in the inaugural UK School Games in Glasgow.
This was a multi-sports event, and as well as gymnastics there was
swimming, table tennis, fencing and athletics; both in able bodied and disabled
The 1,000 plus athletes were all housed in
three Athletes Villages across Glasgow. There were opening and closing
ceremonies, with the whole competition designed to mirror the Olympic
games format and experience for the athletes.
The competition will be an annual event
and is part of the build-up to 2012 with the Government backing the event
financially. Cities are being invited to bid for the hosting of the games
and further sports will be added each year, with the event in 2011
proposing to be in London with the competitors using the Olympic venues
Sam and Reece were selected as a members
of the four strong, England Under 17 Mens Artistic Gymnastics Team. The
competition was both a Team and an Individual event and was held at the
Kelvin Hall Arena.
The competition was of a very high quality
and with all of the England members being part of the Great Britain Junior
Age Group Squads, the England Team although the youngest Team overall were
considered to be one of the favourites.
This in the end was how it turned
out. England with only one person needing to perform well on the final piece,
Floor, won the GOLD MEDAL by a large margin, followed by Wales in
Silver and Scotland taking the Bronze.
In the individual event England finished 1st,2nd,
3rd and 4th, with only 1.1 marks covering the top
three. Sam took the SILVER, and Reece the BRONZE, behind England Team
mate Reiss Beckford from South Essex.
All of this was under the watchful eyes of
Cherie Blair and Kelly Holmes amongst others.
Overall the boys had a great competition and
really enjoyed the whole experience, especially mixing with athletes from other
sports, staying in an Athletes Village, performing in a large arena and
having to cope with TV, radio and media interviews. This will be invaluable
experience as their gymnastics career progress towards 2012 and
- 244.200 Points
1ST Reiss Beckford (ENG)
2nd SAM OLDHAM (ENG)
3rd SCOTLAND - 200.250 Points 3rd REECE PEARSON (ENG)