Sussex Games a success at Christ’s Hospital

Bluecoat Sport Club at Christ’s Hospital hosted the second Sussex Reaching Higher Games last week.

The games are designed as a scaled down version of the paralympics, and organisers reported an increase in quality depite a slight dip in numbers on 2011.

Six competitions were on offer during the day, as Christ’s Hospital School provided sport leader support from their pupil ranks to each event and the youngsters responded with great enthusiasm.

Stuart Cutler from Mannings Heath was triumphant in the table tennis event, beating Tom Cowlin from Partridge Green in the final; Broadbridge Heath teenager Jack Simmonds justified his favourite status for the boccia competition, winning four out of his five matches.

In the trampolining events, Charlie Ferrier and Matthew McMillan claimed golds in Category 1 and Category 2 respectively, while table tennis champion Cutler beat Simon Tomlinson in the badminton final.

England Disability Cricket team’s Fred Bridges was on hand to give out the medals in the cricket competition. Robert Jesse was first, with John Southward second and Sidney Whittaker taking bronze in the bowl-out competition.

Orchards Care Home in Crawley dominated the afternoon trampoline comeptition, with Naomi Tyler taking gold in the senior event, and adult honours going to Paul Martin and Chris Manson. Medals were presented by director of PE at Christ’s Hospital, Dave Messenger