England Central Tip Off First Ever Sainsbury's UK School Games Wheelchair Basketball Event
England Central made history today as they won the first ever wheelchair basketball game to be played at the Sainsbury's UK School Games, defeating England South 31-29.
The sport is making its debut in the competition and England Central's Jack Perry was delighted to have left his mark in the record books.
"To be the first winners here is great, and it's always nice to make a good start," he said. "It's a great feeling and it can only get better from here.
"We're here to win it. We've got a strong squad and we've got good talent in our own ways, so hopefully we can go all the way and win this."
Elsewhere, the Judo mat saw a busy day of action as England, Wales and Scotland all climbed the top step of the podium in Sheffield.
England stormed into the lead at iceSheffield as Austin Jones and Emma Pang claimed victory in the -58kg boys and -48kg girls competitions respectively.
But England's neighbours weren't going to let the hosts have it all their own way as Wales' Jade Lewis picked up -52kg girls gold and Scotland's Aiden Moffat, having just returned from Great Britain duty in Turkey for the European Youth Olympic Festival and Ukraine for the World Cadets Judo Championships, followed suit in the 60kg boys category.
The title was Lewis' second in her UK School Games history but with just one more year left she hasn't ruled out making it lucky number three next year.
"Winning the gold was great as I won gold back in 2009 but last year I only won silver so I was looking to come back and reclaim my gold," she said.
"It was tough out there but I just kept doing what I had to do and thankfully it was enough to win the gold and the great support I had really helped too I think.
"I only have one more year left at the UK School Games now and I want to end on a high next year so I am hoping to repeat it next time."
Meanwhile, Alice Barnes won the first medal up for grabs at Wharncliffe and Wheata Woods in the mountain biking as she crossed the line first in the dirt criterium.
The 16-year-old lived up to her pre-race favourite tag, pipping Scotland South's Lucy Grant and Wales' Ffion James to the gold, but knew she had been pushed all the way.
"It was a really tough race but luckily I was in the lead towards the last lap so I could take it at my own pace," Barnes said.
"At the end of the first lap Lucy Grant was really pushing me and then came back over so I rode by the bushes and I cracked on from there and thankfully got the win.
"The weekend has been fun so far but we are coming towards the end of the season so I am just going to enjoy myself and hopefully have more success for the rest of my time here."
In the rest of the day's action, fencing, table tennis and badminton also made their Sainsbury's UK School Games bows in this year's competition, while volleyball and hockey continued to impress.