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WATCH: Lads Let Classmate With Down Syndrome Win Sprint Race In Last Ever Sports Day

WATCH: Lads Let Classmate With Down Syndrome Win Sprint Race In Last Ever Sports Day

How many moments from your school days will you never, ever forget?

For 11-year-old Rory Kettles, who has Down Syndrome, his last ever sports day will most definitely be one of those because his classmates decided to all finish joint-second and allow him to scoop gold in the sprint race.

The year six boys from St Mary's CofE Primary School in Lincolnshire decided between themselves, with absolutely no prompting from teachers or parents, to slow down and link arms allowing Rory to sprint to victory.

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One proud parent, Michelle Drury, said: "I'm unbelievably proud of what Rio and the boys did.

"Being their last sports day they decided they wanted their friend Rory to remember his last running race by coming first.

"They all slowed down, put their arms round each other and ran together to make sure they came joint second."

The lads have all been mates since reception class and will be going to separate schools in September, meaning they wanted to do one last memorable thing for Rory.

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Children's day nursery owner Michelle, 35, said: "Everyone at the sports day were crying their eyes out - these kids don't know how amazing they are.

"Rory's mum couldn't believe it, but the boys acted like it wasn't a big deal."

Head Teacher Mariclare Potterton said: "As you can imagine I'm incredibly proud of all the children - it was something the children came up with themselves.

"It promotes what this school is all about - all of our children are very important to us.

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"Just before the race the asked if it was ok. They had obviously been discussing beforehand.

"It was so emotional, I was so touched."

A real nice touch from those lads.

Words by George Pavlou

George Pavlou

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