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GSF 2019

Celebrating sport

The Trust’s theme this year was ‘Festival’.

The Griffin Sports Festival 2019 took place from the 25th – 26th September.

120 primary students and 36 secondary students from across the trust came together to compete for the GSF Cup.

A festival can be defined in various ways, however, ‘a time of celebration’ fits well with this year’s GSF. The Olympic Games is a world-known festival that began over 2,700 years ago in Olympia, South-West Greece. Athletes in the ancient games only competed in one event: a foot race. Over the years more events were added, including chariot racing, boxing, wrestling and the pentathlon. Originally, there were no gold, silver or bronze medals as athletes competed for the glory of their city with the winners being seen as touched by the Gods.

The first modern Olympic Games were held in Athens, Greece on April 6, 1896 with representatives from 14 countries. Since then, it has become the world’s largest sporting event with it being estimated that 3.6 billion people watched the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics. There were over 10,000 athletes from 207 countries that took part in 28 different sports.

Special Guests

Sarah Collings began her swimming career relatively late at the age of 14, however, she quickly impressed at the club level and was able to continue her swimming career at the University of Bath. After making her senior international debut at the long course (50m) European Championships in Spain Sarah went on to represent Great Britain on a consistent basis from 1996-2000. Throughout her career Sarah amassed more than 40 national medals as well as being crowned British champion 19 times between 1996 and 2000. Among her greatest achievements are two European Championship Medals in 1996 and 1998 and a Commonwealth bronze medal in 1998.



Images from the 2019 sports festival

The only one who can beat me is me

Michael JohnsonAmerican athlete