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Elementary schools celebrate new Olympic sport

Rugby will soon become an official Olympic sport, and to celebrate elementary school students from across the city swapped their books Wednesday for an oval-shaped ball.
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Rugby will soon become an official Olympic sport, and to celebrate elementary school students from across the city swapped their books Wednesday for an oval-shaped ball.

Nearly 150 students from six different Lakehead Public Schools hit the ground running for the third annual flag rugby festival. Teams of up to 10 boys and 10 girls, all under the age of 14, played round-robin style tournaments throughout the day at the Lakehead University Hangar.

The teams dressed in Olympic-themed uniforms to honour the inclusion of rugby into the 2016 Olympic Summer Games in Brazil. Hammarskjold

High School teacher Tom Alexander says the tournament is a way for students to get active and have some fun while celebrating the new Olympic sport.

Prizes were handed out for team spirit and uniform design.