Older people from Tower Hamlets fought off stiff competition to win silver at a prestigious sporting event.
The 2010 Club Wellness Inter-borough Games attracted more than 500 competitors aged 50 and over from across London at Brixton Recreation Centre on October 15.
The competition organised by leisure centre operators GLL and Lambeth Council, was aimed at encouraging older people to become more active and to highlight the social and physical benefits that sporting activities can offer to individuals of all ages.
Participants took part in seven sporting events including badminton, short tennis, swimming, timed cycling, dominoes, darts and short & long mat bowls.
Tower Hamlets’ silver success this year is testament to the Council’s Young @ Heart programme, which was launched in 2009.
Young @ Heart is a weekly programme to increase participation in sport, physical activity and healthy lifestyles for the over 50s running in all of Tower Hamlets leisure centres.
Prior to the Young @ Heart programme, Tower Hamlets was placed last at the Club Wellness Games in 2007.
Lisa Pottinger, Head of Sport & Physical Activity at Tower Hamlets Council said: “What a difference three years and great team work makes! Tower Hamlets now have their eyes firmly set on 2011 golden success and taking the crown away from Greenwich, who have been undefeated Club Wellness champions for 5 years in a row.”
Tessa Sanderson, former Olympic Gold medallist presented the teams with their prizes.
Murray Hart from Team Hamlets who played mini tennis said: “It was a fantastic day. It was great to be involved in this team achievement. We will be aiming for first place next year.”
To find out more about the Young @ Heart programme call 020 7364 3214 or visit www.towerhamlets.gov.uk/sports
Notes to editors
Notes to the editors
Tower Hamlets Team Members:
Rosemary Watts & Murray Hart
David 'Tu' Hoang & Rita Allen
Wendy Ambrose, Cynthia Williams & Deanne Gittens
Wilfred Thomas & Althea Holness
Brian Jolly, Ellen Jaye, Ray Gibson & John McLaughlin
Richard Boorman, Alfred Cowdry, Alexander Harris, Albert Brown & Eileen Cowdry
Katie Boulogue, Simon Thomas & Icilda Paul
Maris Ozols, Lillian Jacobs, Ann Charles
For more details contact:
Tower Hamlets Council
5 Clove Crescent
Tel: 020 7364 4754
Phone: For enquiries please contact the issuing dept