Adewumi wins silver at 2018 School Games

The Mavericks netball squas
The Mavericks netball squas

The School Games National Finals took place at Loughborough University with Milton Keynes’ Moyo Adewumi contesting the Netball competition.

The fourteen-year-old Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School pupil was part of the Mavericks team and performed well, finishing second position and claiming silver in the competition.

Mavericks performed well over the four days, with notable defeats against London Pulse and Surrey Storm the day before the finals.

They went against Severn Stars in the final, and although they had a close first half, they missed out on the top position with a final score of 32-20.

Of Moyo’s and the team’s performance, Head Coach of the Mavericks, Sachel Grant said:

“The girls have done extremely well, if someone had told me at the beginning of this whole process that we’d be in the finals I would’ve bitten their hand off! They’ve by far exceeded the expectations that we had of them, so I’m so proud of what they’ve done.

“We’ve had a really great four days, there have been a few losses, but overall they’ve learnt so much and they’ve done amazing.”

Now in its thirteenth year, the event – featuring over 1,000 school-age athletes – will see some of the most talented schoolchildren from across the UK compete in 11 different sports.

Some of Britain’s biggest sporting stars have previously competed at the School Games before going onto international success, including Ellie Simmons, Jonnie Peacock, Katarina Johnson-Thompson and Adam Peaty.

The School Games has provided a fantastic springboard for some of the most talented school-age athletes, with over 200 graduates of the School Games Finals competing at this year’s Commonwealth Games, winning 85 medals.

The Games, which is supported by National Lottery funding from Sport England and the home country sports councils and delivered by the Youth Sport Trust, was established in 2006 after London won the bid to host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and formed a key part of the legacy programme.