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Lions Projects - Its a Special Knockout 2014

Group PictureLocal Lions clubs joined together last Sunday to put on their annual “It’s a Special Knockout” challenge at Bede’s School at Upper Dicker, near Hailsham.

This very special event is for all those with special needs and various disabilities from across Sussex.

The Lions Clubs involved were from Battle, Bexhill, Crowborough, Eastbourne, Hailsham, Hastings, Rye and Uckfield

This is the 14th year that the event has been held and is always well attended and this year was no exception with over 100 contestants in 15 teams plus families, friends and carers.

Games included relay races as well as the team games such as “Dinner for 6” & “Postman Pat” with friends & supporters cheering the teams on.

Some of the Hailsham Police Community Support officers called in and the Hailsham Town Crier opened the event with loud bell ringing.

After a well-fought competition by all the teams the winners were a team from Eastbourne Special Olympics.

Participants all received medals and certificates – and the winners received the “Knockout Cup” to hold for the coming year.

Presentations were made by both the Eastbourne and Hailsham Deputy Mayors, Cllrs Janet Coles and Michael Ryan.

There was also a new category prize sponsored by Bede’s School called “Spirit of the Knockout”. This was won by another team from Eastbourne and was awarded for their endeavour, sportsmanship, and enthusiasm and presented by some of the Bede’s students.

Lions thanked the school for allowing their facilities to be used for this very special competition as well as the support of 11 students who helped on the day.

Four of the students, Ekaterina, Ana-Marie, Svitlana, & Gheorghe, expressed their delight at being there, and felt that “the contestants were able to have fun in a secure environment, building confidence, and making new friends”.

Lions were also grateful to Tesco who kindly donated prizes for the Poster and Joker competitions and all the bottled water for the teams.

The Lions’ organising committee chairman, David Burstow, said:

 “….what a great day we had today. It is so rewarding to see contestants, supporters and helpers with huge smiles and looks of pure delight on their faces”.

“It is a great pleasure for Lions clubs to arrange this Knockout.”

“It has been another successful event and we now look forward to next year”.

Picture courtesy of Rickpics

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