Team effort earns Keynsham group 47 medals at Bob Cook Games

Published on: 09 Sep 2013

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An impressive haul of 47 medals and a trophy was the reward for a Keynsham team that took part in this year’s Bob Cook Games for people with a range of learning and physical disabilities.

Twelve members of Keynsham and District Mencap Society’s Football and Fitness Club travelled to the Swindon County Ground to compete in track and field events on Sunday, August 11.

The team took part in races of 60m, 100m, 200m and 400m, relay and wheelchair races, javelin, shot, bowls, discus – and even welly-throwing.

The group earned medals in a range of events and had even more reason to celebrate when team member Rebecca Shelley was awarded the Joy Cook Trophy as the female competitor who best represented the “true spirit of determination” at the games.

Laura Jefferies, activity manager at Keynsham and District Mencap Society, said: “The Bob Cook Games are a fantastic way for our members to take part in athletics competitively. Our members have such a great time and are so proud of their achievements and medals. To have one of ours win the Joy Cook Trophy was truly wonderful.

“Chippenham Lions do a great job of putting on such a well organised event. This is only the second year we have taken part but we hope to continue to do so for many more years to come. We would like to thank the Lions Club of Keynsham for inviting us to be a part of it.”

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