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Students meet Olympic stars

By Herald Express  |  Posted: July 04, 2013

inspirational:    Dartmouth Academy students with Olympian Jessica Ennis during the annual E-ACT games  in Sheffield

inspirational: Dartmouth Academy students with Olympian Jessica Ennis during the annual E-ACT games in Sheffield

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STUDENTS from Dartmouth had the chance to meet Olympics stars Jessica Ennis, Amir Khan and Anthony Ogogo when they took part in a national sports competition.

The Dartmouth Academy students took part in the annual E-ACT games, a friendly but highly competitive event involving schools sponsored by E-ACT, the Academy's sponsor.

More than 10 academies, who had all come through an earlier qualifying competition in Birmingham, sent teams to the English Institute for Sport in Sheffield for the event.

Thirty-two students attended and Dartmouth's 'trailblazer' Sophie Rapps, a specially-selected student who helped with scoring and officiating at the event.

The students did Dartmouth proud, with three pairs of students achieving third places in their competitions, two pairs coming second, and Year Eight pair Molly White and Yanira Rodriguez winning the badminton competition in their age group, winning nine matches and drawing one.

Annabel Hughes, who took part in the Year Eight table tennis competition with Laura Peeke, said: "We managed to get a load more medals for our school, which was great and we did very well.

"Before we went back on the coach we got to see Jessica Ennis and Amir Khan, which was an amazing experience and it was great to see some real athletes. Overall, it was an amazing trip and I would love to do it again in the future."

Luke Payne, Dartmouth Academy lead practitioner in sport, said: "These students have absolutely done the academy and Dartmouth proud — they were competing against much bigger schools and all of them performed to the best of their ability.

"Yanira and Molly did so well to win against some very talented players. We are really proud of everyone who came along and represented the academy with such maturity.

"Sophie Rapps was brilliant as a trailblazer and James Callard, her fellow trailblazer, did a great job at the qualifying competition in Birmingham.

"I believe the continued success and improvement of the sports department at Dartmouth is raising aspirations for our students and events like this provide life opportunities which the students are enjoying and making the most of.

"The icing on the cake from a great trip was seeing Jessica Ennis, Amir Khan and Anthony Ogogo — Olympic legends who have inspired us all."

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