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Holy Spirit and Roberttown scoop gold medals and West Yorkshire Games

Holy Spirit were crowned West Yorkshire Schools tri golf Under-11s champions.
Holy Spirit were crowned West Yorkshire Schools tri golf Under-11s champions.

Holy Spirit and Roberttown Schools won gold medals at the West Yorkshire School Games summer festival, in association with Leeds Beckett University.

Schools from Kirklees topped the medal table at the games as they claimed 14 medals in total, including five gold, three silver and six bronze, won across nine different sports on an action packed day at the University’s Headingley campus.

Around 1,200 young people competed for the chance to be crowned West Yorkshire champions in athletics, boccia, new age kurling, tennis, tri-golf, tag rugby, netball, gymnastics and cycling.

Holy Spirit won the tri golf from Horbury Primary in second and Batley Parish in third.

Roberttown school won gold in the Under-11 advanced gymnastics and also scooped bronze in the Under-11 foundation gymnastics event.

Leeds schools came second with nine medals; there were eight medals for schools representing Calderdale; five for Wakefield schools; and three medals for schools in Bradford.

The festival was opened by rising triathlon star, Georgia Taylor-Brown, Sport & Exercise Science graduate from Leeds Beckett University and winner of a silver medal at the World Triathlon Series event in Leeds last month.

The School Games is a National Lottery funded initiative to motivate and inspire millions of young people across the country to take part in more competitive school sport.

Nigel Harrison, CEO of Yorkshire Sport Foundation said: “Well done to all the young people who competed in the West Yorkshire School Games summer festival. They did themselves and their districts proud, all under the watchful eye of a great team of volunteers and officials.”

Sally Nickson - Head of Sport & Active Lifestyles, Leeds Beckett University, added: “It was a privilege to have over 1,200 talented children, teachers, supporters, friends and families take part in the games.”

“Georgia is an inspiration to the city and captured the hearts of thousands when she came second in the 2018 Leeds World Triathlon Series and I am sure she will have even more success in the future.”