Youngsters hit the wall and climb it!

The Bolton News: Youngsters hit the wall and climb it! Youngsters hit the wall and climb it!

BOLTON One co-hosted the last sporting tournament in the Bolton 2012 Games.

Rock climbing at the multi-million pound health, leisure and research facility brought to a close the sports events yesterday.

The centre staged the sport during the day, while Bolton Lads and Girls Club hosted it in the evening.

The climbing wall belongs to the university and three sessions were staged, with about 16 youngsters in each session giving the daredevil sport a go.

Tommy Hornby, volunteer co-ordinator at at the Lads Club during the Games, said: “The session went really well and the kids enjoyed it. Some of them were a bit daunted when they first saw that wall.”

A closing ceremony will be held to formally close the Games, which have been running for the past six weeks.

They have given hundreds of children the chance to participate in more than 40 sports — everything from horse riding and sailing to scaling a wall.

Bolton 2012 Games was organised by the club and Bolton Council to bring the Olympic and Paralympic experience to local young people.

Mr Hornby said: “The games have been received really well across the town and I think they have been a big success.

“It has been great to get to visit all the different venues and see what facilities Bolton has to offer, like here at the university.”

The closing ceremony will take place at the Bolton Lads and Girls Club at 6.30pm today.

Rachel Burke, sport development manager at the club, said: “The last six weeks have been amazing, with hundreds of young people taking part in a variety of sports that they may not have otherwise had the opportunity to participate in.

“Every young person taking part has received a limited edition Bolton 2012 Games gold medal in recognition of their hard work .”

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