Olympics inspires sporty Altonians

By Surrey and Hants News in Events

Following the amazing success that Team GB had in Rio, supporters of sport in Alton put in an effort worthy of a gold medal when the Olympic Sports Festival was held at Anstey Park.

This community event took place on the afternoon of August 21, as the people of Brazil prepared to say goodbye to the Olympic Games that night.

Hundreds of visitors turned out to keep the flame of enthusiasm burning brightly.

They were keen to try some new sports and talk to local coaches and clubs about how they could pursue their own sporting dreams.

The Rio Olympic fancy dress parade winners were: Pre-school - Alice Wilkinson; Under-eights - Wyatt Green; Nine to 16 years - Tabatha Wildman; Group - Alton Gymnastics Club.

Zumba dance parties run by Kate Sadler in the main arena added some Rio carnival flavour to the event, along with Simon Chainey’s circus skills workshops and fire shows.

The children’s five-a-side football tournament was co-ordinated by Matt Northcott from CM Sports.

Eight teams, ranging in age from seven to 15, played to win the Alton Community Cup by scoring goals, showing great sportsmanship, putting in lots of effort and demonstrating team spirit.

Mr Northcott awarded the cup to the Year 7 Reds, and it was presented by Alton Town Mayor Cllr Matthew Bayliss.

He said: “On behalf of Alton Town Council, I would like to thank all of the sports clubs and organisations that attended the festival, without whom the event would not have been possible.

“I met many visitors who were feeling very inspired after watching the Olympics and were keen to take up a new sport or join a new local club.

“I would also like to thank all those who have worked hard behind the scenes organising the event and assisting on the day.”

The event was organised by Alton Town Council, Alton Buckle, Alton College, Alton Community Association and East Hampshire District Council, with sponsorship provided by Dataprint and the Alton branch of Specsavers.