The Olympathon VI
“For some students this will be a chance to test themselves, for others it’ll be about having fun and keeping spirits high. There’s a real challenge on offer for sports students at Oldham Sixth Form College, and they always respond well.” Asked when would most students ‘hit the wall’ during the 26.2 hour period Jacko says “we let no one fail. We’re a team at Oldham Sixth Form and we keep each other going. At 3 or 4 am when people start getting tired towards the 18 hour mark that’s when we come together, we pick each other up and keep going.”
Adam Smith, sports tutor and the college’s lead coordinator for the Duke of Edinburgh award is proud of yet another successful event,
[su_carousel source=”media: 4058,4059,4060″ limit=”19″ link=”lightbox” title=”no” autoplay=”0″]The event showcases the incredible efforts that staff within the sports department strive towards, ensuring every student studying PE at Oldham Sixth Form College has an experience to remember.
“Olympathon 6 was our most ambitious one yet, with staff invented sports and a clothing donation added to the regular activities. Every year the event has grown and our students take a huge amount of confidence and skills from taking part.”
“Part of the challenge for us as tutors is to ensure that students can reach their potential in a safe, friendly and close-knit environment. Our year 13’s support the year 12’s as if they are family and it’s this attitude the current first year students bring back in September, ready to support a new cohort of school leavers.”
Luke Molloy, 17, a second year CAMTEC sports student is taking part for the second year running and will be representing South America. Luke says he has enjoyed the challenge.
“Last year I loved every minute of Olympathon and this year has been no different. I’m ready to go again now! I’d do it every year if I could, I’m just one of those people that never gets tired.”
Lucy Tootill, 18, another second year CAMTEC sports student is also taking part in the all-night marathon and is hoping it will show how passionate she is about the subject as she prepares to study Sports & Physical Education at Leeds Beckett University next year.
“This is a great chance to take on a challenge with like-minded people and I’ve already met others who are going to the same university as me. We plan on living together whilst we study at Leeds so it’s really exciting.”
A range of awards were on offer for everyone taking part and staff across the department maintained a close watch for all those displaying the Olympic values of Friendship, Respect and Excellence along with the Paralympic values of Determination, Inspiration, Courage and Equality. Accrued points across these values and in each sporting discipline determined the winning continent with South America narrowly rising above the rest. The fantastic on-court effort has been matched off-court, with all participating students collecting donations from friends and family. The total amount this year has reached over £2000 with money still coming in.It’s time for a well-earned rest to all those taking part with almost everyone looking forward to next year.It’s not too late to join the team yourself, apply to study a sports course at OSFC and take part in Olympathon 2016. You can apply for a place on the CAMTEC National Diploma in sport or the A-Level in PE right up until September. To find out more visit osfc.numagoo.com/courses/pe-sport/ or call the application helpline on 0161 287 8000.
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