Local schools set to battle it out at Sussex Winter Finals

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Three local schools will be competing for medals at the Active Sussex School Games at Lancing College.

Ocklynge Junior School, St Johns Mead C of E Primary School and Hailsham Community College all have teams representing Eastbourne in the Winter Finals on March 6.

Hailsham Community College will compete in the Rugby sevens while St Johns and Ocklynge both take part in the hockey.

This year’s special guest at the Sussex School Games is Team GB hockey player Alex Danson.

Danson, 27, was joint top scorer in the London 2012 women’s hockey and her opening goal in the playoff against New Zealand helped secure Team GB Olympic bronze.

Danson said, “It’s a privilege to guest at the School Games. From a personal perspective, my love of hockey developed from playing sport at school. The work of all PE teachers is incredibly important to ensure a lasting legacy from the London Olympics – and the Winter Finals is a perfect example of all that is good about team competition in our schools.”

The 2013 Sussex School Games Winter Finals, organised by Active Sussex in partnership with the Local Organising Committee, will take place at Lancing College on Wednesday, March 6.

The Winter Finals is a seasonal competition focussing on team sport. It features just four disciplines – football, hockey, netball and rugby sevens – with the best teams drawn from Sussex schools competing for regional and individual honours. Over 400 kids will be there on the day.

Sadie Mason, chief executive of Active Sussex said, “The Winter Games is a fantastic opportunity for Sussex schools to come together for a day of team sport. Building on the incredible debut event in 2012, which saw 1,200 school children take part, we are thrilled that this year we will host two events – a winter and summer games.

Visit: www.sussexschoolgames.org