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Published : 09/08/2012 00:00

East Leeds children get into the Olympic spirit

Families from across Crossgates, Manston and Swarcliffe took to the tracks last week in their own mini Olympics.

Organised by the local children’s centres over 60 mini Brownlees and Ennises  took part in a host of sporting activities at Manston Park in Crossgates.

With races for children of all ages – including a 10 metre sprint for the toddlers, an Olympic torch relay and an obstacle race. Even adults could get into the competitive spirit with a parents/ carers race.

The mini Olympics brought the London 2012 Olympics closer to home and to encouraged people in the community to take part sport and other activities. All competitors, including adults, were rewarded with ‘Olympic’ medals awarded by local PCSOs

Other activities included parachute games, football, face painting and arts and crafts where children made their own medals. Parents and carers could also get information relating to healthy lifestyles.

The event was organised by Crossgates and Manston, and Swarcliffe Children’s Centres and was supported by PCSOs, Aire Valley Homes, Seacroft Manston SMART Team and David Young Academy and parent volunteers with special guest Rocky who was an Olympic torch bearer.

Around 120 people from the local community attended the event. They also had the opportunity to hold the Olympic torch, have their photograph taken with Rocky and ask him questions about being a torch bearer.

One grandparent who attended the event said: “It’s such an honour to hold the Olympic torch and to talk to someone whose carried it we’ll never see anything like this in our lifetime again.”

A parent said: “It was a lovely event, the children have thoroughly enjoyed it and we’ve had so much fun.”

Meryl Paige, Swarcliffe children’s centre manager said:
“The event had a real sense of community spirit and pride and it was good to see so many children participating in sports from such an early age. By joining forces with our colleagues at Crossgates and Manston children’s centre we brought our communities together to encourage more people to have healthy active lifestyles and have lots of fun at the same time.”

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