Amy Leahy is a talented young athlete from Fishguard who recently took part in the Sainsbury’s 2012 School Games, which was held at the Olympic Village.
This allowed the highly talented sprint hurdler to try out the Olympic Games facilities in advance.
Amy tells her story of a momentous weekend as follows: “From the May 6th-9th, I had the privilege of travelling to London to compete in the Sainsbury’s 2012 School Games, which is a multi-sport event consisting of teams from Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England coming together to compete in 12 different sports.
“The games was a once-in-a-lifetime experience and especially this year in particular as it was held in the Olympic Village, with the athletics, cycling and swimming being held in the actual Olympic Stadiums before they are used in the summer.
“May 6th saw all teams from every sport come together for the opening ceremony, which was held in the ExCel Centre in the village, where the majority of the sports took place. The Ceremony was opened by triple jump world record holder Jonathan Edwards and Paralympian Tanni Grey-Thompson, who welcomed everybody to the games and spoke of their experiences as athletes. The ceremony then finished with Lord Sebastian Coe coming to the stage to also speak of his personal experiences and wish everybody luck for the games.
“Day Two and Three of the games saw all the sports begin, apart from those being held at the Olympic venues, and as my sport is athletics, I was able to watch a variety of sports such as volleyball, judo and gymnastics. I was also able to try out new sports such as wheelchair basketball, which I never thought I would have had the opportunity to experience. Day Two also gave me the opportunity to attend ‘an evening with...’ which saw stars such as Jason Gardener attend with his Olympic Gold medal.
“Finally, the last day of the games saw my chance to compete in the Olympic Stadium, where I hurdled my way to fourth place, in a personal best time. The opportunity to even visit the stadium is amazing but to actually have competed on the track before the professionals such as Usain Bolt and Jessica Ennis is surreal. Running for Wales for the first time on the Olympic track is an experience that will stay with me forever and when I’m watching the stars run on the track in the summer, I’ll able to say that I’ve run on that same track before them.”
Joanne Williams, Dragon Sport Co-ordinator, Sport Pembrokeshire, told Western Telegraph: “Amy is one of our excellent Silver Ambassadors attending Ysgol Bro Gwaun and we are very proud of her at Sport Pembrokeshire for the work she has done. Add to that her athletic prowess and she is an amazing girl.”