17th Oct, 2017

Olympic stars of tomorrow attend special civic reception

Shaun Reynolds 25th Aug, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

TRACK and field athletes and swimmers from across Coventry attended a civic reception in recognition of their achievements at this year’s international children’s games.

Competing in Taiwan, the youngsters took part in the 50th annual games (ICG) competing against over 1,000 athletes and 60 worldwide cities.

Aged between 12 and 15, the Coventry team not only celebrated their own on track success but also the golden efforts of Team GB – who bagged an incredible 67 medals during the Rio games.

The ICG helps recreate an Olympic style event and has been used as a way of bringing young people together through sport to build friendships.

Coun John Mutton, chair of the Coventry International Children’s Games Committee, said he wants the youngsters to remember their experience following the success of Team GB.

This year marked the 20th occasion Coun Mutton has the sponsorship to enable Coventry children to take part in the event.

He said: “After the Rio Olympics I believe that hundreds more young people will be taking part in athletics, swimming and other Olympic sports.

“Next year’s Children’s Games is being held in Lithuania and I’d love to hear from any companies or organisations who would be willing to help sponsor next year’s games.”

Email john.mutton@coventry.gov.uk if you’re interested in sponsoring next year’s participants.

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