Special medal bonanza for Ross and Hereford

The Bob Cook Memorial Games were once again held at Swindon’s athletic ground on Sunday 8th May. The event is managed and organized by the Lions 105W organisation and this year Ross Lions helped a group of 39 athletes from local homes, clubs and organizations to compete. The games are now in their 22nd year and are designed for those adults, both young and old, who have disabilities or Special needs. Four buses and coaches made their way from Ross and Hereford. The teams which went were those from Ross (Weir End, Woodpecker Lodge, Mill House, Ryefield Centre, Treann, Chepstow House and Ross Special Crew) and First Key from Hereford.

The day was again blessed with superb weather and ideal conditions for all the athletes. During the day athletes took part in several track and field events including 60m Walk/Run, 100m Walk/Run, 200 & 400m run, Relays, 4 x 100m Wheel-Chair Relays, Javelin/Shot/Discus/Welly Throwing and Crown Green Bowls. After some intense limbering up, buckets of sweat, guts and immense effort the athletes from Herefordshire pushed themselves to a staggering total of 43 Golds, 34 Silver and 32 Bronze medals – an awesome achievement. The effort put in by all those who participated was incredible and a joy to be seen. The over-riding observation from Ross Lions and the carers involved was how much enjoyment everyone had. Well done to everyone who took part– you did yourselves and all of us proud.

Special thanks must go to Chippenham and Highworth Lions for once again running the games. Particular thanks must also go to Ross Lions and especially Jim Swinson, Jim Hamilton, Mel Middlecote and Danny Lister. Those who also supported the day included PGL, Flying Colours, H&H Coaches, WRVS, Ryefield Centre and Ross Action (Rosemary & Tim). Ross Lions would also like to thank all the management and carers of the homes and organizations who made the day such a success. Most thanks though go to the athletes – brilliant & well done. See you next year! If anyone else is interested in competing in next years games (Sunday 7th August 2011) please contact Lion Martin on 01989 568941.

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