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Hello everyone. I hope that you and your families are all keeping safe and well. At last we have some good news to report!

 

The Club AGM - a date for your diaries

The AGM will be held on Monday 26th April. Please add this date to your diaries. More details are on the Noticeboard.

Please note the very important information about nominations being needed for the post of Club Chair. There is an updated description of the Chair role here.

We will also be awarding trophies to the 2020 Club Champions and to other competition winners.  

  

Lilah Unwin fastest U15 girl at 600m in 2020

Lilah set her 600m time of 1.38.76 at Bromley in September 2020.

Her U15 time wasn’t beaten by the end of the year and so is now officially recorded by the Power of 10 as the fastest U15 girl at 600m in 2020. Congratulations Lilah!

 

London Marathon 2021 

The next Virgin Money London Marathon takes place on Sunday 3rd October 2021. Assuming we are allocated place(s), the recipient of the place(s) will be decided by a draw. 

To be eligible for the draw you must:

  • have been a member of the club for 2 years
  • have been rejected in the ballot
  • not have had a club place in the last 3 years
  • have done some volunteering for the club in the last 24 months.


For 2021 only there will be no additional place available for members who have helped at the start of the marathon. This is a decision by the London Marathon organisers, not us.

If you have any questions or would like your name entered in the draw, if/when we receive any places, please contact Ginevra

 

Some Commonwealth Games facts - by Moray Carey

The next edition of the Commonwealth Games takes place in Birmingham in 2022.

These multi-sports events were first held in 1930 (in Hamilton, Canada) and staged every four years since, with the exception of 1942 and 1946 due to the Second World War.

England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland compete separately in the Commonwealth Games unlike the Olympics where the Home Nations are represented in a single, combined UK team.

There are 54 members of the Commonwealth of Nations but 71 teams currently participate in the Games as “dependent” territories such as the Isle of Man, Falkland Islands, Guernsey and Jersey under their own flags.

Curiously, Mozambique (where the official language is Portuguese) joined the Commonwealth in 1995, despite never having been part of the British Empire.     

The most recent and XX1st edition of the Games was staged at Australia’s Gold Coast 4th-15th April, 2018:

  • 6500 athletes
  • equal number of medals for women and men (a global first) – awarded to 1st (gold), 2nd (silver) and 3rd (bronze)
  • largest ever para-sport programme
  • 275 events divided into 23 categories including lawn bowls and rugby Sevens

Categories

  1. Athletics
  2. Badminton
  3. Basketball
  4. Beach Volleyball
  5. Boxing
  6. Cycling – mountain bike
  7. Cycling – road
  8. Cycling – track
  9. Diving
  10. Gymnastics – artistic
  11. Gymnastics – rhythmic
  12. Hockey
  13. Lawn bowls
  14. Netball
  15. Para powerlifting
  16. Rugby sevens
  17. Shooting
  18. Squash
  19. Swimming
  20. Table tennis
  21. Triathlon
  22. Weightlifting
  23. Wrestling

 

Medal Table

The most successful Nations were:  

  1. Australia – 80/59/59 (gold/silver/bronze)
  2. England -  45/45/46
  3. India -  26/20/20 

Wales finished in 7th place, Scotland 8th and Northern Ireland 20th.

Some other results:

Nauru (formerly known as Pleasant Island), a microstate in Oceania in the Central Pacific) won a single silver medal (in the women’s +90kg weightlifting) 

The Solomon Islands won a single bronze medal (in the women’s 58kg weightlifting)   

Norfolk Island, a dependency directly administered by Australia, won a single bronze medal (in the men’s triples – bowls)

Note from Editorial (Paul): Moray mentions the inaugural games in 1930. I couldn't resist but mention that my Great Uncle George Bailey was there running the steeplechase. He's the one at the end of this Youtube video at the top of the podium receiving his medal.

 

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