It's games on for youngsters
ON YOUR marks, get set go!
The Grimsby Inter-School Olympics got off to a roaring start with an opening ceremony at Ormiston Maritime Academy.
Before the event, a torch was carried to all of the six primary schools involved in the games.
Organiser Joy Boothby, of Grimsby's Ormiston Maritime Academy, said: "We wanted to give the children of the area a taste of what the Olympics is all about.
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"We paraded, launched balloons and played the national anthem.
"The academy asked the mayor to open our games and we are glad he accepted.
"The finals will also be held here on Friday as well as the closing ceremony."
The six primary schools taking part are Yarborough Primary School, Western Primary School, Little Coates Primary School, Grange Primary School, Macaulay Primary School and South Parade Primary School.
Each school will hold different sporting events and the top athletes will go on to the finals at Ormiston on Friday.
Grange Primary School assistant principal April Everitt said: "Each school is hosting one year group and at Grange we will be holding the shot put, triple jump and 800 metres for Year 6 pupils.
"Each school is also holding its own Olympic celebrations and activities, but this is just a great way to bring everyone together and celebrate.
"The children have enjoyed the run-up to the event and the Olympics are a really big deal for us.
"This is not something that usually happens and we are all enthusiastic and taking advantage of it."
There were 12 children from each school at the opening of the games as well as teachers and support staff.
Torch carrier Jake Syer, 11, of Grange Primary School said: "The Olympics is about having fun and getting involved in sport.
"I carried the torch for my school.
"I love sport and I am most looking forward to the running at the Olympics because that is also something I like doing."
Ormiston pupil Chloe Usher played a rendition of the national anthem.
The 13-year-old said: "I was excited and nervous to play.
"I did plenty of practice and I was glad to take part in the event."
Mayor of North East Lincolnshire Councillor Mike Burton said: "Events like this are vitally important because they bring everyone together.
"All sport is important, especially for children, and this event was a brilliant idea.
"Sport provides a level playing field because everyone has a chance, and exercise improves confidence in people which is great to see.
"I am really looking forward to our summer of sporting activities."