CMG service users from across the country competed in a range of challenging sports in front of prestigious athletes Goldie Sayers, a Double Olympian and Olivia Breen, a Paralympic medal winner. A crowd of over 500 watched on as 186 medals were awarded to service users by the famous athletes on an Olympic style podium.
CMG provides residential care, supported living services and domiciliary care for people with learning disabilities and additional complex needs, and the Athletics Championships form part of their commitment to promoting healthy lifestyles and well being amongst service users and staff.
Activities included a variety of sports such as sumo wrestling, high and long jump, and a 50m obstacle wheelchair race. Alongside individual competitions, the service users formed teams to compete for a chance to win a number of trophies; with sport enthusiasts from Carlton Avenue producing a fantastic performance to take the Bench Ball Cup, while CMG Wales won the Perpetual Trophy for their Tug of War prowess.
Throughout the day Goldie Sayers, who represented the UK in Beijing 2008, and holds the current British javelin record, gave service users’ her expert advice and tips on throwing events. Meanwhile, Olivia Breen, who won the bronze medal in last year’s Paralympic Games as part of the 4x100m relay, met service users and cheered on the competitors.
As well as the competitive sports, there were light-hearted events throughout the day including dance performances, made all the more enjoyable by the cracking weather.
The Mayor of Sutton, Councillor Sean Brennan, said:
“It was a great day, and I must commend CMG for such a fantastic initiative. It was a wonderful celebration of the sporting abilities of those with learning disabilities. The weather was perfect and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.”
Michael Fullerton, Clinical Director at CMG, said:
“The Athletics Championships are something we look forward to, and this year had even more significance as it’s twelve months on from the Olympic and Paralympic games – it’s essential that we build on the progress made during the games and continue to develop the legacy.
“A big thank you to the Mayor and both athletes for joining us on the day. They helped to make it a truly special occasion and inspired our talented service users to become the stars of the future.”
Find out more about CMG, the Care Management Group, at www.cmg.org.uk