Published: August 17, 2012
Burnham-On-Sea residents to hold alternative Olympics on Sunday

Residents in Burnham-On-Sea will be holding an alternative Olympics on Sunday (August 19th) - and there's still time to sign-up to join in.

Residents of The Grove, Malborough Court and Gardenhurst are organising the fun-packed event and have invited teams to enter from outside of the three streets.

Mandi Stewart, part of the organising team, told "We are organising a day-long festival of sports - not all running, jumping and throwing things, to get the community together, encourage them to be more active and celebrate The Olympic Games on Sunday from 2pm."

'The Three Streets' is a small community group behind the event, which will include old favourites such as welly wanging, a tug-of-war and modern interpretations of Olympic sports such as tent-athlon and rowing (putting a tent up against the clock and how long can a couple keep an agreement going for).

The opening ceremony will be held at 2pm and will be led by Monarchs Aerobic Sport Gymnastic squad and will also feature local Olympic Torch Bearer Sarah Milner Simonds.

There will be a medal ceremony at 7pm with medals presented by Mayor Ken Smout, which will be followed by fireworks and an outdoor karaoke.

The evening will end with a grill-a-thon with barbecues being lit along the street with a Taste of Rio as the food theme. Spectators will be very welcome.

"To take part, you will need a team of ten. If you are less than ten let us know and we will match you up with others. You also need at least one of your team to be be under 10 and one over 50. There will be a wet round and a couple of your team need to be competent swimmers and be in swimwear. Bring a picnic along for the afternoon and share a barbecue grill in the evening."

To take part, pre-register by emailing or call 07973 378735.


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