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Urgent News :

Record number of debutants, amazing PBs, and medals galore at this year's Parallel Youth Games

On Wednesday 15th May, a massive 41 pupils and 14 staff travelled in convoy to K2 in Crawley to participate in the annual Parallel Youth Games.  It was a fantastic event with students from all over Sussex competing in varied sporting activities including New Age Kurling, Boccia, Dance, Cricket, Street Soccer, Tennis, Golf and Swimming!

It is not an exaggeration to say that The Parallel Youth Games is one of the highlights of our sporting calendar at Woodlands Meed, and with over 40 students accessing this event, makes it by far the largest inter competition we enter.  The K2 in Crawley provides a fantastic arena where students with a variety of differing needs and abilities can participate alongside each other.

It was hard to imagine that we could eclipse the success of last year’s event, but we really gave it everything we had with some fantastic results! 

GOLF:

Our golfers put into practice what they have learnt during their JOLF sessions by putting on a great show in front of staff and parents.  Well done guys!

TENNIS:

Our students played brilliantly during their tennis matches; demonstrating great skill and co-ordination.  They were VERY unlucky to finish just outside the medals.

BOCCIA:

Our Boccia Team encapsulated what the PYGs is about; showing great enthusiasm and team spirit throughout the tournament.  Well done!

NEW AGE KURLING:

Our NAK Team demonstrated vast progress since last year’s competition as they demonstrated a greater level of strategic thinking during their matches! 

DANCE:

Our dancers have done it again!  Not a dry eye in the house as they performed in the closing ceremony; dancing to The Greatest Showman (of course!)

CRICKET:

Our cricketers found themselves pitted against some tough opposition during this year’s PYGs, but they batted, bowled and fielded amazingly well, whilst also showing great team spirit throughout!  Well done boys!

STREET SOCCER:

Our footballers did amazingly well, getting through to the semi-final without conceding a single goal!  Our students were then faced with what can only be described as a bizarre penalty shootout  after a 0-0 draw in the semis (tiny pop-up goals and shots taken from miles away!) which we narrowly lost.  However, credit to the boys; they dusted themselves off and played superbly in the bronze medal match, winning 1-0 and finishing a creditable 3rd.  Well done!

SWIMMING:

All our swimmers made us extremely proud during The PYGs with each student getting a PB!

Holly: Gold (Front Crawl)

           Gold (Back Stroke)

Marlon: Gold (Front Crawl)

                Silver (Back Stroke)

Sammy: Silver (Front Crawl)

               Bronze (Back Stroke)

It is not only with regards to medals that we measure our success; for almost a quarter of our students, they were experiencing The PYGs for the first time, and for some students it was their first inter-competition ever!  As always our students did us proud in how they were able to access such a large event, and their conduct and sportsmanship throughout was, as always, something we admire!

The day was a massive success in every way you can imagine and I am so proud of every single one of our students who competed this year.  I love my job, and the area that gives me the greatest satisfaction is seeing students accessing sport that some never thought possible.  This could be at school during intracompetitions, at events such as this, or even at clubs in their free time.  Barriers are there to be broken down, and with so much emphasis on ALL young people having access to increased physical opportunities, the future is looking very bright for disability sport, and how can it not be when we have so many inspirational young people that makes my role not a job but a vocational delight!