September 26th, 2016

Group celebrates special birthday

Updated: 10:13 am, May 07, 2015

A VOLUNTARY group helping those with learning disabilities achieve sporting success has celebrated a milestone birthday.

Members of Special Olympics Redditch, run by Ron and Elaine Daykin, gathered on Saturday (January 24) to reward the top stars of the past year while also marking their 21st anniversary.

The couple’s son Richard picked up the Male Club Champion 2014 trophy for winning the most medals after taking part in 17 competitions in a variety of sports, while Female Club Champion went to Lauren Francis who competes in gymnastics and swimming.

The Ben Scrimshire Memorial Shield was handed to Stacey Everill and Neal Jobling while David James and Sam Baker picked up the Doug Baddeley Shield having been chosen by their fellow athletes.

Anthony Wheatcroft picked up the Kath Hughes Memorial Trophy, Laurie Brookes was given the Dot Dudley Cup and the Karen Lumley MP Team Award went to those who competed at the Sandwell football tournament last June.

Ron said there had been a ‘lot of fantastic achievements’ over the past year and they were especially pleased to mark their 21st year.

“The group wouldn’t be going without everyone’s commitment and hard work. Our sports calendar seems to get bigger each year which is a good thing.”

He added last year they had calculated they had travelled just under 3,000 miles to get to various events – with 2015 set to remain as packed including a swimming gala, athletics and football events organised by themselves as well as various competitions they were invited to attend.

MP Karen Lumley and Lauren Francis – Female Club Champion. (s)