Swindon will start the countdown to next summer’s Olympic Games with a special event in the town centre on Saturday (23 July).
A host of games and activities will take place at the London 2012 Live Site at Wharf Green between 1pm and 2.30pm to mark the Games’ ‘One Year to Go’ milestone.
The Challenge Swindon event, which is being organised by Swindon Borough Council’s Leisure Services team in partnership with inSwindon and Forward Swindon, will showcase local sporting talent and is designed to encourage people to be more active, more often.
The sporting and cultural activities will include demonstrations and displays including a Gymfusion performance by Esprit Gymnastics Club, pictured.
There will be a wheelchair basketball exhibition game, a ‘Keepy-up Challenge’, with spot prizes from Swindon Town Football Club and taster sessions in tennis, frisbee golf, mini athletics for everyone to try.
The event aims to promote what Swindon has to offer and challenge local residents to get involved.
Olympic and Paralympic-related films will be screened on the Big Screen and the first official outdoor screening of the Tate Movie: The Itch of the Golden Nit!, which has been created by thousands of children across the UK and produced by the creators of Wallace and Gromit, will also be shown.
A selection of London 2012-themed interactive games will be played out on the Big Screen including the mascot motion sensor game ‘Swim Wenlock Swim’, newly commissioned interactive games from artist Chris O’Shea which allow live inter-city competitive play, and a special screening of the Academy Award winning British film Chariots of Fire.
Cllr Garry Perkins, Swindon Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Culture, said: “The London Olympics is going to be a superb occasion and we are thrilled to be starting our countdown with a fantastic line-up of events and activities.
“We are lucky to have one of the designated London 2012 Live Sites and we will be holding many more events like this in the town centre as we build-up to next summer.”