Today was the Heart of Harbury Games which was held in my village. Teams of 20 made up of all ages, male and female compete against each other in a variety of sporty and non sporty activities. I was asked to open the event before I went away to the worlds, I originally had to decline the offer but as I came back early I went along to support today. On arrival I was asked to say a few words and open the event. It wa an absolute privilege to be asked and a little nerve racking but I embraced the challenge.
I watched a few of the events in the morning and chatted to the competitors as they got ready to do throwing, jumping and multiple running events. As I was enjoying myself, I stayed for most of the day and was rather impressed with the welly waanging, the Harbury got talent (which definitely showed the talent of the village from solo singers to those who can do acrobatics!). However, the most amusing event was the 'throwing a tantrum'. This was priceless to watch!
It is quite an honor to be asked to do such things and I took pleasure in listening to the stories being told to me. I am always astonished how sport can break down barriers and bring so many together. For those who don't see themselves as sporty or are worried about racing against they deem more athletic than they are ... Well this event broke down all barriers and it was awesome to see. Probably a few things that stick in my mind were the female and male mile run which everyone even if they were not in a team ran or walked and completed and everyone got a cheer. It saw those who had recently had a hip replacement only months ago and others who are recovering from breast cancer. I think the atmosphere of the day just summed up that it was about the bringing together of a community and getting people involved and trying. I know how much sport has given me and it was just cool to see how and what it was doing for others.
There was some fabulous non stop commentary from Peter, I don't know how he kept talking and keeping us laughing all day in the rain and sunshine, a talent in itself. To the brilliant volunteers who ran each games sector. At the end of the day medals were awarded I helped hand them out along with some of the local companies who helped support the event. Well done to Andrew, Trevor, and the rest of the organising comittee. Other sporting events could learn a lot from how you ran today's event and the aire of fun that surrounded it! If I didn't feel apart of the village before I certainly do now :o) looking forward to next year!