Meetings

THE BOB COOK GAMES 2017

The day in word and pictures

 

Jeremy Angell and Raymond Bylas Battle It Out​ On The Track

 

The Bob Cook Games took place at the County Ground Athletics Track, Swindon on 13th August 2017. The day dawned bright and sunny and we were blessed with a perfect day sandwiched into a generally duff summer.

Named after the late Charter President of the Lions’ Club of Chippenham, the games take place every year on the second Sunday of August at the Athletics Track at Swindon’s County Ground Sports Complex.

This year we had participants from all over the district and beyond to give us about 220 entrants from 15 clubs along with their helpers.

For Chippenham ladies, the day started at the crack of dawn with rolls and butter and many other ingredients as they started to assemble 450 lunch packs to feed contestants and helpers. Back at the sport’s arena, Lions from many clubs were also working with canvas, poles, tables and chairs to create ‘tent city’ to house all of those who would be arriving for the day. By 9:30 everything was pretty much in place and Highworth and District Lions fed the crew with breakfast butties.

Contestants and their helpers started to appear and the tents were full when the games were formally opened at 10:25. The president of Chippenham Lions, Ted Greves, welcomed all to the games and District Governor, Steve Petty, wished everyone good fortune and great enjoyment in taking part.

Both track and field events were contested strongly with large entries for field events such as the discus, javelin, shot and welly throwing. Unfortunately, The County Ground Bowls Club closed last year so Boules was introduced as an experimental replacement and many chose to try their hand at this.

The first event took place immediately after the opening and competition continued until 4:00 with a short break for lunch.

Whilst medals were awarded for success in every event, two major trophies are awarded to the lady and the gentleman competitors who were judged to best represent the games’ true sprit of determination against the odds. This year the ‘The Joy Cook’ memorial trophy went to Karen Proctor (Enterprise Club) and was awarded by Julie Hamlen; daughter of the late Joy Cook and wife of Chippenham Lion, Norman. For the gentlemen, a trophy was awarded in memory of a late Chippenham member and tireless supporter and worker for the games; Ivor Bull.  A trophy in his honour was awarded to David Worth (Cartrefi Cymru - Brecon).

At lunchtime we were visited by Richard Stanned of Dursley Club in the roll of Richard The Lionheart with mane and roar who mingled freely with the contestants to give out hugs and photo opportunities.

The day ended with group photographs and the departure of the athletes; happy, but tired and festooned in medals.  The Lions then set about the task of breaking camp and the dispersal of ‘tent city’. Hundreds of chairs and tens of tables plus tents, large and small were returned to storage and ready for use next year.

We are also grateful, once again, for the assistance of Atlantic College students and staff, Swindon Harriers, UKA for their supervision and The Croft Leisure Centre for their valuable assistance.

As usual, most of the organisation of the day was provided by Chippenham with particular help from Highworth and District Lions Club, however, financial support and manpower is provided by clubs throughout the District. Club duties ranged from marshalling events, ensuring that competitors got to the start of their event in time and prompting winners to collect their medals etc. Chippenham Lions would like to thank all those who took part or helped on the day.  Their help is essential to the success of the games.

All helpers will take back their own memories of the games, but I shall recall the tremendous determination shown by all competitors and the pleasure and pride they gained as they were presented with their medals.

The games are always on the lookout to involve more competitors and more Lions’ Clubs so if your club would like to be there, then why not approach a Disability Club in your area.

Next year’s games will be held on 12th August 2018.  Put it in your diary now and plan to be there for another great day.

Martin Horton

 

Ladies Who Do Lunch. Behind the Scenes, The Ladies of Chippenham Prepare 450 Packed Meals at the Break of Day

 

'Tent City' Takes Shape Before The Contestants Arrive

 

Highworth Lions Helped With Chairs And That Essential Breakfast​

 

The Event was Opened by Chippenham President Ted Greves and District Governor Steve Petty

 

The Track Races Got Underway With The 60m Which Was Keenly Contested By Robert Hill​

 

The Wheelchair Race Needed Enthusiastic Pushers​

 

Charlotte Smith Comes Along Every Year And It’s Always Good To See Her​

 

Studies of Great Endeavour From Sandra Philip and Tola Adeko

 

Craig Howells Showed Great Style In The Discus​

 

James Cosgrove and David Rowllett Compete In The Discus​

 

The Tents Were Full to Bursting At Lunch Time​

 

Richard The Lionheart Greets Tanya Compton and Sara Rixon - Scary Stuff​

 

After Lunch We Saw Jess Rees Compete In The Long Distance Race​

 

James Cosgrove Half Way Round The Track In The 400m​

 

Keith Shaw Needed to Rest After His 400m Race​

 

Sara Rixon is Exhilarated​

 

Sonia Williams Tries Her hand At The Javelin​

 

Robbie Lincez Shows Good Technique With The Javelin​

 

Robert Buckley Gives It Some Welly​

 

Jess Rees and James McFarlane Compete in The New Boule Competition​

 

There Were Times When The Boules Decider Was Settled With A Piece of String​

 

DG Steve Petty Congratulates Jason Johnson On His Silver​

 

PDG Surinder Malhotra Congratulates Roy Deveraux On His Gold​

 

Derek Angell Awards The Ivor Bull Trophy To David Worth​

 

Julie Hamlen Awards The Joy Cook Trophy To Karen Proctor​

 

Regulars - The Brothers, Jim and Sid Saunders Show Off Their Medals​

 

Chippenham Blonds Have More Fun Sorting Out The Scores​

 

David Whittle Has Recently Taken Part In The Special Olympics in Sheffield and Came Away From Our Games With A Good Collection Of Golds​

 

The Penybont Gateway Club​

 

The Enterprise Club Gather To Show Off Their Medal Haul

 

The Chippenham Gateway Club Leave with a Good Collection of Medals

 

We Thank The Boys and Girls of Atlantic College for The Help They Have Given Us Through The Day

 

Martin Horton, webmaster: webmaster@chippenhamlions.org.uk

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