Champion Zach gets school's Olympics World Sport Day off to a roaring start
World champion Zach Wajtknecht thrilled his classmates as he launched a school's celebrations for the London Olympics 2012 World Sport Day.
Recently-crowned World Grass Track Speedway Champion Zach, 14, rode his bike around the athletics track in the Olympic-style Opening Ceremony at Wellsway School.
National snowboarding champion Jamie Barrow joined in the celebrations with six torch-bearing pupils as Year 9 pupil Zach roared around the track.
Wellsway School and Oakfield Academy in Frome were two schools out of thousands around the country which took part in festivities to mark the start of an annual five-day celebration of sport and the Olympic and Paralympic games.
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The day gave schools the chance to appreciate the value of sport bringing cultures together from around the world.
Wellsway pupils have been learning the traditions and culture of Nicaragua as the school prepares to form a guard of honour at the Olympic Games to welcome the team.
Competition has been heating up in the run up to the school's Opening Ceremony as pupils were split into nations, going head-to-head to find three weird facts about the country, design a logo and compose an anthem.
Nominated flag bearers from each country led the whole school around the athletics track, with Germany’s flag bearer Hetty Graham lighting the school’s flame.
Performances from the Wellsway cheerleading team, school gymnast Alex Weekes and the school choir closed the ceremony.
The day was organised by Louise Riddoch, Director of Sporting Specialism, who said: “Since January the whole school has been taken over by the Olympic/Paralympic Challenge when each tutor group was drawn a country in a live draw and there have been loads of competitions since.
"There is a really great atmosphere around the school. On Monday we were blessed with great weather and were delighted to welcome Jamie Barrow, GB snowboarder, as our Guest of Honour.”
Oakfield Academy kept the Olympic spirit alive with their Ceremony.
The pupils were pitted against each other as they were also grouped into countries, making flags and national t-shirts.
The Academy is also playing host to a "mini-Olympics" throughout the week.
All the schools taking part were awarded a "Get Set" status which recognises that teachers are using the 2012 Olympic Games to inspire their pupils.
Lloyds TSB National Sport Week is taking place all over the country, with around 4500 secondary schools taking part.