Griffin Sports Festival 2019

Griffin Sports Festival Highlights
Our Proud Tradition continued this September, however this year we weren’t quite as lucky with the
weather, and experienced our first rain fall! It could however have been much worse, and we were able to
comfortably enjoy all the outdoor activities. Nicholas Chamberlaine once again played host to the Griffin
Sports Festival, and as we expand year on year towards Tokyo, the 2019 event took place over three days.
The first two days were held as a residential event at NCS and The Pingles Stadium, and the final day was a
house competition that took place back in each individual school.
Again, the schools contested six sports, with the highlight being the full triathlon event, as well as this year
a fantastic staff relay!
On day one NCS hosted superbly and the fields and facilities were awash with competitive young Griffins
taking part archery, orienteering, handball, seated volleyball and boccia/curling.
Into the evening, I was happy to share my story of being a GB swimmer; my journey to success, my
highlights and my disappointments. Our new Head of PE Karl May then played quiz host as the schools
battled it out in a ‘Who Wants to be a Millionaire’ style event.
We invited in another guest school this year to ensure even competition across the schools, and we
welcomed Weddington Primary School from Nuneaton who took on the opportunity with just 5 days’
notice.
As the rain (!) set on a fabulous day one, all 156 children camped out across the NCS site ready for another
day of competition, with the secondary schools really enjoying the new facilities that were on offer in the
sports block.
On day two, after a hearty breakfast we moved location to the Pingles Stadium in Nuneaton for the final
event of the festival, the Triathlon!
The pool and stadium looked magnificent as all children tackled a swim, bike and run event, hosted by the
professional British Triathlon Trust. We welcomed VIPs, and our special guest, the local Mayoress to watch
our students face their fears in the pool, cycle faster than they ever have, and run relays for 20 minutes. The
Mayoress also presented the medals to our winners and certificates to our guest school.
We were then delighted to welcome our Director of Music, Lewis Delivett, who led a fantastic session with
all students, culminating in a wonderful chance for everyone to sing our Trust anthem Jerusalem. It really
was quite an experience, and as the students tucked into a packed lunch the GST staff calculated the
winners of the event in 2019.
For the Pledge award, it was extremely close right to the very end, however our Day 1 leaders extended their
lead on Day 2, and showing excellent team spirit the school that truly lived their pledge on Day 2 sealed the
win, and this year the award went to Nicholas Chamberlaine School.
Which left us to announce the Champions Cup. The order changed numerous times over the two days, with
last year’s winners Nicholas Chamberlaine in the lead at the end of Day 1. A really strong performance in
the triathlon by Lordswood School saw our eventual winners pushed hard for their title, and by the end on
day two we were delighted to announce that the overall trophy went to Nicholas Chamberlaine.
Huge thanks must be extended to the team of Rosie Jones, Scarlett Hawkes, Tracey Headley and Karl May
who made all of this possible. A special thanks to the Nicholas Chamberlaine sports leaders who supported
the full two day event, and finally each and every student and staff member that participated and made this
event such a huge success.
Sarah