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London 2012 legacy exemplified at annual CMG Athletics Championships

karina bryantFour-time Olympian Karina Bryant turned medal presenter as a record number of athletes with learning disabilities competed for gold at the annual CMG Athletics Championships.

The event, held at the Sutton Arena in Surrey, featured traditional Olympic events like the shot put, javelin and 100 metres as well as Sumo wrestling, the wheelchair obstacle course and the tug of war.

Throughout the day, Bryant, who won judo bronze at London 2012, presented competitors with their medals. Competitors and fans from CMG were delighted to speak to the multi-time Olympian and hear her advice on how to get that winning edge.

Her presence helped spur on some excellent performances with Darren Rutland displaying a wide-range of athletics skills to take gold in the javelin and skittles. Alongside this, Darren Rose retained his sprint king title with an impressive win in the 100m while David Tamblyn also retained his badminton crown.

The Championships came to a close with the traditional Wales vs. England Tug of War game, with Wales coming out on top for the second year running.

CMG’s Athletics Championship is key to the residential and domiciliary care provider’s strategy of being people-focused. Chief executive Peter Kinsey said: “The Athletics Championships is such a highlight in our calendar.

“It was fantastic to see this year was another huge success. It seems like we’re creating our own Olympic legacy with the Athletics Championship. Both staff and the people we support seemed very keen to take up new sports on a more regular basis.”

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