Family fun day of sport and dancing for Olympics

Submitted picture'FUN AND GAMES: Councillor Lynn Watson, Mayor John Nelson, Mayoress Maurine Nelson and Councillor Chris Short at Swanick Sports School.
Submitted picture'FUN AND GAMES: Councillor Lynn Watson, Mayor John Nelson, Mayoress Maurine Nelson and Councillor Chris Short at Swanick Sports School.

HUNDREDS of people turned out on Sunday to see the spirit of The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games ignited in Amber Valley with a special family fun day.

The free one-day event took place on Sunday at Swanwick School in the morning and at Ripley Leisure Centre in the afternoon and featured a show stopping performance from the acclaimed Derby Wheel Blazer basketball team and the original 1948 London Olympic Torch.

Families got the chance to take part in range of traditional Olympic sports such as archery and swimming as well as football, sitting volleyball and some alternative takes on martial arts and dancing.

Councillor Chris Short, Cabinet Member for Active and Healthier Places to Live said: “It was a tremendous success. Council officers said there will be a lot more individuals joining local sports groups as a consequence of this event.

“These events are meant to increase participation in sports people may never have contemplated before. I had a go myself on the archery. I had never tried it before. I’ve always been tempted to have a go.”

Cllr Short also completed the 1623 Theatre Shakespeare Workout which encouraged people to call out the names of historic ailments while they warmed up to before doing more strenuous activity.

“It’s an ideal starter,” said Cllr Short. “It gave you tips to avoid inflaming old injuries.

“We were very lucky - the weather was a lot better than it had been there for the rest of the month. It was another good community project. During this Olympic year we will be supporting things like this a lot more.”

The event started at Swanwick School and Sports College and featured a guest appearance from Derby County’s mascot Rammie. People had the chance to try outdoor sports such as archery, football, hockey taster sessions and watch demonstrations.

The event then moved to Ripley Leisure Centre where a variety of indoor sports were showcased including boccia, martial arts, sitting volleyball and swimming. Dance demonstrations, including Bollywood, lindy hop and capoeira, a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance and music, were also on display.

The event came to a spectacular close at 4pm with a demonstration by the fabulous Derby Wheel Blazers.