WEYMOUTH was well represented at this year’s Sainsbury’s School Games where more than 1,600 talented school children from all over Great Britain competed in 12 sports over four action-packed days of action.

As part of the event, talented Weymouth youngsters Rebecca Raybould and Alex Joliffe helped fly the flag for the south region in the track cycling at the Manchester Velodrome.

The team, made up of four girls and four boys, competed across nine different events including individual sprint and endurance races, as well as the team sprint and team 3km pursuit against 12 other regional squads and an invitational team from Brazil.

The south region started the first day well with Raybould finishing fourth in the girls’ sprint and Jolliffe taking the bronze medal in the boys’ equivalent.

Day two was hectic with the keirin, 2km individual pursuit, 500m time trial and madison all scheduled.

Raybould won the B final in the girls’ keirin, but it was Jolliffe that secured the best result of the weekend with a silver medal in the same event.

In the boys’ 500m time trial, Jolliffe, the current under-16 national champion, was the last to race and despite his best efforts he had to settle for bronze with the top three split by just 0.063 seconds.

Raybould competed in a very fast and furious 80-lap madison, finishing fifth with her partner from Bristol.

The final day saw some great racing and impressive team performances. In the girls’ team sprint, Raybould, with her partner Eve Jefferies from Swanage, made it to the third-place final where she narrowly lost the bronze to a strong Welsh duo.

The boys’ sprint team, hopeful of a medal, unfortunately suffered a rider unclipping from his pedals and were not able to record a time.

The final day ended with arguably the best races of the weekend with both the girls’ and boys’ teams making it through to the third-place final ride-offs.

Fielding only three of their four riders due to illness, the girls rode a really strong race only to be pipped on the line by a West Midlands team fielding a four-time national champion.

The four boys, inspired by the girls’ performance, overcame their disappointment of the sprint finals to comprehensively beat the home favourites from the north west to claim bronze.

The south team finished the event in fourth position behind the north west, south east and Wales.