Hundreds of youngsters set to meet Olympic gold medallist and compete in Lincs School Games

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Schoolchildren from across the county will be taking part in the Sainsbury’s School Games Lincolnshire Winter Festival today... as part of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Legacy.

Around 650 young athletes from across Lincolnshire will be competing in six different sporting competitions at the Grantham Meres Leisure Centre.

With support from the Lincolnshire Sport and School Sports Partnerships, this nationwide celebration of sport will see 80 primary, secondary and special school teams involved.

Spectators are invited to be a part of the legacy and come along to see top athletes from across the county compete, as well as see sporting champion Tim Baillie, who won a gold medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Jo Purkiss, sport project officer at Lincolnshire Sport, said: “The School Games is a unique opportunity to motivate and inspire millions of young people across the country to take part in competitive school sport.

“The Games will be a great opportunity for pupils to feel part of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games legacy.

“It will be a fantastic day of sport for everyone involved.”

The Games are made up of four levels of activity: competition in schools, between schools, at county/area level and a national finals event.

There will be a variety of sports taking place throughout the day including badminton, basketball, hockey, netball, new age kurling and swimming.

An opening ceremony will take place at Grantham Meres Leisure Centre at 10am, followed by sporting competitions across the site.

A closing ceremony will wrap up the day’s events at 3pm with winning teams being recognised and presented with trophies by Tim Baillie.