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Relive some of the highlights from the Sainsbury's 2014 School Games
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England's Georgia Mae Fenton dazzles in competition
Relive some of the highlights from the Sainsbury's 2014 School Games
7 September 2014, 5:50 pm
By Sainsbury's 2014 School Games
Olympic gold medallist Darren Campbell helped bring the curtains down on a thrilling Sainsbury's 2014 School Games, as more than 1,600 athletes waved goodbye to Manchester.
Manchester-born Campbell, who was part of the Great Britain team that won 100m relay gold in Athens ten years ago, was present at the National Cycling Centre's closing ceremony.

But he certainly wasn't the only medallist in town on Sunday after a feast of finals across 11 sports brought the competition to a fitting end.

Wheelchair basketball had been capturing the imagination all weekend and the two best teams, England Central and England North, met in the final for the second straight year.

Central pulled away in the fourth quarter to complete a 50-29 victory and Great Britain star Charlotte Moore admits her side more than made up for last year's defeat.

"It's amazing to have won gold at the Sainsbury's School Games - we lost in the final to North last year and this year we had enough fight in us to battle through in the end," she said.

"The aim was always to get to the final and when we saw the teams we thought we might have to beat North to win the gold - so I'm delighted we could do that."

The table tennis drew to a close just a few metres away at the Manchester Regional Tennis Centre, and England South East emerged as overall winners.

Commonwealth Games mixed doubles silver medallist Tin-Tin Ho was one of the South East's stars, winning individual gold 11-13 11-9 11-3 11-5 over Maria Tsaptsinos of the South West.

"I'm absolutely delighted to have won gold - my summer has been amazing with the Commonwealth Games as well, I've really enjoyed it but unfortunately I've got school again now!" she said.

"The Commonwealths and the Sainsbury's School Games are similar concepts, so I think the School Games really helped me prepare for the Commonwealths - when I went to Glasgow it reminded me of the School Games."

Elsewhere, gymnast Hamish Carter added more accolades to his growing collection with men's floor and rings gold, following all-around and team success with England on Saturday.

Wales' Iwan Mepham was equally impressive - topping the podium on the parallel bars and highbar - while England's Georgia Mae Fenton, Amelia Montague and Alice Kinsella all enjoyed success in the girls' individual events.

In the swimming, England North kept up their dominance with three relay golds - though there was a far more even share of the spoils in the individual events.

In the 100m freestyle Mari Davies and Gerry Quinn swam to gold for Wales and Northern Ireland respectively, while Scotland's Angus Barr pipped Kyle Chisholm in the 400m freestyle.

After two days of individual competition, the cycling teams got together on the track at the National Cycling Centre. England South East's boys and the North West's girls triumphed in the 3000m pursuit.

But a familiar name topped the rankings in the para-cycling 2000m pursuit, as Matthew Hamilton completed his golden weekend with a third victory.

The fencers also teamed up and England's boys enjoyed a clean sweep - while Scotland denied their girls the same feat. England won the épée and foil events but Scotland beat them to clinch the sabre crown.

There was another tense battle between the England A team and Scotland A team in the judo and it was to-and-fro for much of the final.

However England ultimately sped away, winning their individual contests by four to three and accumulating 40 points to Scotland's 21.

Scotland West were losing finalists in both the Under-16 girls' and Under 17 boys' competitions but will no doubt be happy with silver after the two pool winners, England Cadet and England Junior, took gold.

In front of a packed crowd at Sugden Sports Centre, England Cadet's girls clinched volleyball gold as they won their two sets by 25-14 28-26 while England Junior enjoyed a dominant 25-15 25-17 victory.

At The Armitage Site, Scotland claimed the trophy in the girls' hockey as they edged past Ulster 4-3 in the final.
Scotland raced into a 2-0 lead before Northern Ireland came back to level the scores but, roared on by their supporters, the Scots found a second wind to triumph. The England Blue team claimed bronze with a 3-2 win against England White.

"It feels amazing to be the captain of a Sainsbury's School Games championship winning team," Scotland's Katie Robertson said.

"We had trained so hard and played so well the last few weeks so it was great to come out with the outcome we wanted.

"It was really tense with (Northern Ireland's) comeback but everyone managed to stay composed and keep calm - but the final couple of minutes were far too nervy for my liking."

On the boys' side, England White claimed glory with a 2-1 win against England Red. England Red scored with just over a minute remaining to set up a nervy finish but White held on.

In the rugby sevens, England London and South East took home gold as they held off a second-half comeback from England South West to win 33-19, Jess Breach touching down twice. England North finished third after beating Wales Dragons A 49-7.

There were three sports in total going on at The Armitage Site and in the badminton, Scotland dominated after winning four of the five finals.

Holly Newall claimed three medals in the girls' singles, girls' doubles and mixed doubles while Alex Dunn claimed gold in the boys' singles and mixed doubles.

The Sainsbury's School Games is supported by a range of partners including the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Sport England, Youth Sport Trust, Department of Health and British Paralympic Association.
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