People with learning disabilities go for gold in Athletics Championship

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David Tamblyn - retaining his badminton title
David Tamblyn – retaining his badminton title
Karina Bryant with Cossima Paradine (centre) and Stephanie Nash (right)
Karina Bryant with Cossima Paradine (centre) and Stephanie Nash (right)
Darren Rose (left) - retaining his sprint title
Darren Rose (left) – retaining his sprint title

The legacy of London 2012 was still alive and well, as people supported by leading care provider CMG travelled to Sutton Arena in Surrey to compete in the provider’s annual Athletics Championship. Spurred on by the watching Olympic bronze medallist Karina Bryant, the athletes took part in a wide range of competitions.

As well as traditional Olympic events like the shotput Javelin and 100m, people could also take part in Sumo wrestling, the wheelchair obstacle course and the tug of war.

There were some excellent performances on display. Darren Rose, retained his sprint king title, with an impressive win in the 100m. David Tamblyn was another man to keep his gold medal from last year, again coming out on top in the badminton competition. But the man with the Midas touch on the day was Darren Rutland, who took home gold in both the javelin and skittles.

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.

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

CMG is a leading provider of residential care, supported living services and domiciliary care for people with learning disabilities and additional complex needs. The Athletics Championship demonstrates how committed CMG and its staff are to continuing to place the individual at the very centre of care.

Peter Kinsey, Chief Executive of CMG 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.”

Darren Rutland, double gold medal-winner said:

 “I’m chuffed to bits, first of all, to have won two gold medals. I am really happy, I had a brilliant day”

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