Last week saw the 8th year of our notorious Athletics Championships. I know I say this a lot but we really do have some amazing events throughout the CMG calendar, but I must say the Athletics Championship is by far my favourite. It is a day where everyone comes together to enjoy, support and celebrate the success of people we support. There is always a strong sense of team spirit and togetherness and of course a healthy portion of competiveness. I’m always proud to see so many of our staff rallying together to make it the success it is. Not only does it promote health and wellbeing, it builds rapport within teams and gives the people we support a great feeling of achievement self-worth.
The day included a range of track, field, throwing and team ball games. As well as the egg and spoon race and sack race. A specialist bike company was hired that provides bikes to support a range of different needs. The bikes include hand bicycles, wheelchair bicycles, tandems and recumbent cycles. I loved seeing everyone whizzing on these which such glee on their faces.
At the CMG we put strong emphasis on inclusion. We want each and every person that we support to have an opportunity to participate in the day. Katie and Erren always create an amazing sensory wheelchair obstacle course. This event focuses on the sensory side of engagement. Through touch, sounds and sight. We also hold a wheelchair basketball match, and a wheelchair race which both get very competitive.
Much to our Marketing and Events Manager’s (Lilli) delight, the Zorb Football which she insisted on hiring this year went down a treat, albeit quite a few aching bodies afterwards. Somehow she even managed to coax the senior management team into a competition against the PBS team. I feel like there should have been some kind of briefing beforehand as not until half through the match and one goal down, I realised I was aiming for the wrong goal and playing against my own team. Of course not due to my lack of football knowledge.
We had the pleasure of welcoming the Mayor of Sutton councillor Steven Cook and his wife Pauline Cook to the event. They arrived in time to watch the warm which included lunges and jumping jacks strangely enough they didn’t take part. They spent a few hours watching the various races and meeting some of the people we support. One person was so taken with the Mayors medals, he asked if he could have them. The Mayor asked our health and safety officer (Faye Doncaster) who was running the Zorb football what it was. She promptly replied, ‘positive risk taking’ just as someone went flying out of the arena.
The traditional Tug of War this year was again no mean feat. At the end of a tense and gruelling battle, England finally won. Wales are determined to retake the perennial trophy next year.
I would like to say a big thankyou to Michael (Clinical Director) and Lilli (Events & Marketing Manager) for all of their efforts in organising this day. We are now looking forward to our ‘Let’s Get Physical’ event that will be held at the Tooting & Mitcham sports club on 19th September. This event is to all, please send an email to email@example.com if you want to find out more.
I will leave you with a quote from the talented Para Olympian and 2 time gold winner (Rio Olympics) Georgie Hermitage MBE, who was invited to present the winners on the day with their medals. It was fantastic to have her, she gave great deal of encouragement and support to the people doing the events. Georgie was very impressed with everyone that took part, especially with one person we support. She recorded his running times and believes he could qualify as a Para Olympian, watch this space!
“A disability doesn’t define you, you can achieve anything you want with the right support, drive and passion. Never give up!”
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