PICTURES: Stoke Damerel scoop Plymouth's Olympic crown
STOKE DAMEREL students won an 'Olympic' gold medal for their adopted country India on day one of Plymouth's own mini version of this summer's London Games at Brickfields.
With less than 80 days remaining until the showpiece event in the capital gets under way, Year 7 athletes from 12 secondary schools in the city were competing for their adopted countries in a range of different sporting disciplines.
The Secondary School Games Olympics is being held over three days at the Devonport track.
The Year 7 youngsters needed no prompting when it came to tackling sports as varied as archery, rowing, trampolining, volleyball and cycling.
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The other disciplines were table tennis, handball and quadkids.
Joining Stoke Damerel – aka India – on the winners' podium were All Saints Academy Plymouth (Nepal) who finished runners-up ahead of Hele's (Kenya).
Stoke Damerel won five gold medals, one silver and one bronze, which gave the team a total of 82 points.
All Saints pipped Hele's by two points 68-66.
The other schools taking part were Marine Academy Plymouth (New Zealand), Sir John Hunt (Germany), Devonport High School for Girls (France), Torbridge (USA), Coombe Dean (Ghana), Notre Dame (Brazil), Ridgeway (Spain), Estover Community College (Uruguay) and Plymstock (South Africa).
Lance Chatfield, who is Plymouth SSP School and Community Sports Manager, reckoned the kids did alright in representing their schools and their countries.
He said: "Throughout the day there were some excellent performances in all events with athletes showing that they had not only learnt about their new nation but also about the seven Olympic and Paralympic values.
"But as with all events of this scale there have to be winners and today the honour went to India, Nepal and Kenya.
"Well done to all who took part and a big thank you to Nepal and France (DHSG) for their excellent closing ceremonies."
FOR lots more great pictures along with results and reaction to the second day's action – see tomorrow's Herald Sport.