Paralympian champion backs Bedford sports day

Paralympian swimmer Ellie Simmonds
Paralympian swimmer Ellie Simmonds

Hundreds of school children are limbering up to compete at Bedford Athletics Stadium in a multi-sports day event.

The competitive Sainsbury’s School Games, which is being replicated across the country on Thursday (June 25), will see young athletes from across the region taking part.

Four-time Paralympic swimming champion Ellie Simmonds, who competed in the games in 2006, is backing the event.

She said: “The Sainsbury’s School Games are important to motivate and inspire millions of young people across the country to take part in school sport.

“The Games provided a great stepping stone for my career, and I’m sure there may be future stars competing in Bedford Town this year.

The Sainsbury’s School Games encourages young people to take part in more school sport and has been an important stepping stone for many of Britain’s top athletes.

Previous participants include Paralympic gold medallist sprinter Jonnie Peacock, Great Britain sprinter Adam Gemili, heptathlete Katrina Johnson-Thompson and Olympic gymnast Max Whitlock.