Success at Special Games

Are you missing the Olympics? Perhaps you should have joined Ross-on-Wye Lions for the 28th Bob Cook Memorial Games which were held at the Athletics Track, Swindon on 12 August. The numbers joining the Ross team have increased over recent years, thanks to the organisation of Lions Vice-President Martin King. This year 29 athletes from Ross took part in competitions such as discus, javelin, running, shot and welly throwing. Joining the event were some competitors who have been selected for the Special Olympics Team and who will be representing GB in Russia this September.

Whilst medals were awarded for success in every event, two major trophies are awarded to the lady and the gentleman competitors who are judged to best represent the games true spirit of determination. This year the “The Joy Cook” memorial trophy went to Hannah Carpenter from Treann, Gloucester Road and was awarded by Julie Hamlen.

As usual, most of the organisation of the day was provided by Chippenham with particular help from Highworth Lions Clubs, however, financial support and manpower on the day is provided by Lions Clubs throughout the South West, South Wales and the Midlands. The local branch of the UK Athletics (UKA) gave up their time to officiate at the event.

All helpers, supporters and athletes will take back their own memories of the games, but it would be hard to forget the tremendous determination shown by all competitors and the pleasure and pride they gained as they were presented with their medals.

Thanks to all the athletes and their carers and well done – hope to see you next year!
Martin King, Vice President

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