Champion boxer Jamie Cox scaled new heights in his career to launch an exciting sporting extravaganza called Challenge Swindon – Festival of Sport.
The 20-year-old Commonwealth gold medallist was hoisted up high on the climbing wall at the Link Centre in West Swindon on 2nd February to promote the event which follows on from the highly successful Corporate Games hosted by Swindon last year.
Jamie, from Woodhall Park, said, “I am thrilled to be part of this exciting event because anything which promotes sports and an active lifestyle is a good thing. Challenge Swindon is packed with loads of sports and is a great way to get fit and have fun.”
Challenge Swindon, organised by Swindon Borough Council, is a community sports tournament on 2nd and 3rd June which aims to get as many people as possible active, followed by a Get Active Week open to all from 4th until 10th June.
From basketball to squash, swimming to hockey, golf to football, there is something for adults of all abilities. For something new, participants can try their hand at beach volleyball, dragon boat racing, speed climbing or South Asian sport kabbadi.
Champion boxer Jamie Cox, top golfer David Howell, Guy Lavender, South West England Director for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, are patrons of Challenge Swindon.
Jamie added, “many of the sports are team events, so now is the time to get together with friends, family and work colleagues to form a team.”
As for his first climbing experience, Jamie said, “it was really great. I was using muscles differently that don’t get trained for boxing.”
Challenge Swindon will be spread over 12 leisure venues across the borough and there are more than 20 different activities on offer. Throughout the weekend taster sessions, fun games and demonstrations for people of all ages are also planned, creating a festival atmosphere.
Get Active Week will feature activity taster days involving local clubs, schools, businesses and community groups.
In line with Government guidelines, Swindon Borough Council aims to raise activity levels by at least 1 per cent per year. This will help achieve the target of getting half the population doing 30 minutes of exercise three times a week by 2020.
The Mayor of Swindon councillor Mike Bawden and the Mayoress Joyce Bawden attended the high-flying launch with councillor Justin Tomlinson, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Recreation, and Huw Jarvis, Department of Culture, Media & Sport and Tourism Manager, South West Regional Development Agency.
Cllr Tomlinson said, “Challenge Swindon is a brilliant opportunity for people to take part in sport or try something completely new with friends, family or work colleagues. It is about involving the whole community and I hope that Swindon will rise to the challenge.”
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