SIX hundred students competed in five county finals at the Wiltshire and Swindon School Games Spring Festival at Dauntsey’s School.

With World Cup-winning rugby player and former England captain Lewis Moody watching, Bishops Wordsworth proved too strong for the opposition, winning all their matches.

Moody said: “It’s awesome to see the mix of sports available, the number of kids playing and the number of schools – both state and private.

“It’s brilliant to see lots of happy faces.”

In a nail-biting final, Ramsbury held on to their hockey title by beating Stonar with a golden goal.

South Wilts Grammar School retained the U13 netball title, with St Augustine’s emerging victorious in the U15 section.

Avon Valley College took gold in the inclusive sport of new age kurling.

Using Dauntsey’s brand new athletics track, laser run was introduced to the School Games programme. The event involves a relay consisting of a 400m run and laser pistol shooting.

Royal Wootton Bassett Academy came out top in the boys’ event but were unable to complete the double after being narrowly beaten by the girls from Lavington School.

Leehurst Swan School took first and second place in the primary event.

Former Olympic 400m hurdles champion David Hemery was also amongst the spectators and said: “The event was really well run and hugely enjoyed by the young people.

“It's a real pleasure to be able to attend and to hear the positive responses from the participants.

“They were genuinely happy to be taking part. The competition was a terrific combination of fierce and friendly.

“I would like to encourage schools that have not yet participated to get involved in the coming summer term or next year.”

The event was organised by Wiltshire and Swindon Sport (WASP), and was supported by the RFU, England Hockey, Wiltshire Council along with volunteers from local clubs.

For more information about the Wiltshire and Swindon School Games, contact or call 01225 812441.