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DOUBLE GAMES MEDALLIST DESCENDS ON NORTH WALES SCHOOL

17 May 2006

David Phelps in action at the GamesFresh from his triumphant outing down under, Commonwealth gold and bronze medal winning shooting ace, David Phelps was on hand to relay his Melbourne experiences to the pupils of Beaumaris Primary School and to present a prize to one very special competition winner…

When the Sports Council for Wales set the challenge to three Welsh primary schools and three Melbourne primary schools to produce a picture that depicts the Commonwealth Games, the responses followed thick and fast.

With one winner from each school rewarded with their very own artwork printed on the reverse of the flags to be carried by athletes at the curtain raiser that was the opening ceremony of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games - much was at stake for pupils from the six schools.

As part of Melbourne’s ‘adopt a second team’ programme, Team Wales was bolstered by the support of three Victorian boroughs; Goldenplainshire, Geelong and Bayside. With the aim of educating and uniting through sport, three Welsh schools were twinned with a school from each borough and challenged to produce a poster.

Beaumaris Primary School in Anglesey was twinned with Beaumaris North Primary School in Victoria during the Games period.

Pupils from the Welsh schools had something of an advantage in the sporting ideas department. Recruited to the Sports Council’s Dragon Sport scheme – which aims to get more primary school children involved in extra-curricular sport – the schools have been working at broadening the sporting interests and imagination of our children.

Keeping the imagination flowing, pupils had free reign to produce a poster to sum up the Games experience; guided with the Melbourne slogan ‘United by the Moment.’ Featuring everything from mascots, sporting events and many ‘world in union’ images, the sporting showdown conjured up a mixture of images in the budding artisans’ minds.