Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games is nearly upon us and the city is eagerly waiting to welcome thousands of athletes and sports fans from around the globe.
It’s not only an exciting time for the city, but also for King Edward’s School (KES) as we are the only school to become an official Birmingham 2022 training venue – for rhythmic gymnastics, discus, hammer and, for one day only, basketball 3×3. Our athletics track, which is shared with KEHS and the University of Birmingham, is also the official training venue for athletics and para athletics.
As our school transitions to a training venue in the coming days, we wanted to mark the rich sporting heritage of both King Edward’s School and King Edward VI High School for Girls (KEHS), with Old Edwardians and current staff who have competed at previous Commonwealth Games or are involved in the organisation of Birmingham 2022. We have captured their stories in a new video series: The Inside Track.
The series will bring you inspiring stories and insights from the following members of the KES and KEHS community:
– KEHS Director of Sport, Sarah Blanks, Silver Medallist (Hockey) 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester.
– KES Old Edwardian, Ian Metcalfe, Chair of Commonwealth Games England
– KEHS Old Edwardian, Shreya Anil, Bronze Medallist (Fencing), 2015 Junior Commonwealth Games in Cape Town, South Africa
– KES Geography Teacher, James Fair, competed for England (Hockey) in the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne and 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, has been interviewed by a group of current pupils.
In addition, over the summer we will be looking to shine a spotlight on pupils and staff who are volunteering as part of the Games, including performing in the Opening Ceremony and carrying athletes’ kit to facilitating medal ceremonies and more.
Our first interview with Sarah Blanks has launched today, and can be viewed on our social media channels.