Winter sport without the cold

Winter sports: Pupils from Hillside School try New Age Kurling at Preston's College
Winter sports: Pupils from Hillside School try New Age Kurling at Preston's College
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There may not be snow on the ground in Preston but that didn’t stop youngsters from trying their hand at winter sports skills.

Fresh from Britain’s curling success in the Winter Olympics, and with the Paralympics now underway, Preston Council’s sport and health development department hosted the annual Lancashire New Age Kurling Championships for the county’s special schools. As well as entering into the event with enthusiasm, pupils picked up new skills and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Dean Brandwood, Preston Council’s school games organiser, said: “As a new Lancashire event in the sporting calendar, the opportunities for young people from 
special schools is growing year on year.

“Once again, host venue Preston’s College has been a huge benefit to sports events in Preston.

“Additionally, their students supported the event by 
officiating and taking a leading role in managing school competitions.

“This was a great event and the enthusiasm and skills of the children was fantastic.”

Earning the equivalent of their own Olympic medals in the under 14 category, Mayfield School in Chorley took bronze, with Kingsbury School, West Lancashire, in second place with silver, and Lancashire champions were Crosshill from Blackburn.

In the under 16 age group, Mayfield once again took third place, with Highfurlong 
from Blackburn taking silver medals.

Hillside Specialist School in Longridge was named county champions.

A spokesman for Preston Council said: “This was a 
great event and everyone 
enjoyed the experience 
after being spurred on by the 
success of the British 
Olympic curlers.

“Kurling is something that everyone can enjoy, either by taking part or by just watching and getting caught up in the excitement of the sport.”