We are the champions!

The annual Athletics Championship was another great success on our events calendar. People we support, Support Workers and central functions team members all joined in the fun and games.

What fun we had at the Athletics Championship on 12 September. More than 150 people gathered to take part in a huge variety of sports from running and cycling to high jump, boccia, badminton and more.

Once again, the event was hosted at the David Weir Leisure Centre in Carshalton, Surrey. People we support from 26 homes arrived with their Support Workers to enjoy the day. For some, it was their first athletics event, while others have been to several over the years. It was an occasion for coming together to mingle with people from other Achieve together homes, make new friends, re-kindle old friendships and share exploits.

Smiles and hugs

It was fantastic to see such teamwork, camaraderie and enthusiasm from everyone who took part. The smiles and hugs of congratulations as people finished their races said so much. There were races and challenges for team members as well as people we support and much cheering from the sidelines, too.

Fortunately, the weather was kind. Temperatures had reduced from the previous week’s blistering heat, there was a slight breeze and the rain held off.

We were lucky enough to have Paralympian Olivia Breen to hand out medals to winners and participants. Madam Deputy Mayor of Sutton, Cllr Louise Phelan, joined her in awarding them. Many team members from central functions took time out to attend and help with scoring and organisation.

Director of Wellbeing, Strategy and Collaboration, Michael Fullerton, said: “I had an incredible day, enjoying time and the range of sports with wonderful people. I also hope people are inspired to continue being involved in sports and exercise beyond the day.

“Many thanks to everyone who helped out and took part, you all lived our values and made it a very memorable day.”

Here are a few images of the day (for a video compilation, click on this link).