A team from Merton took the 11th place slot when competing against 750 over 55-year-olds at the 2016 Club Games, held at the Copper Box Arena on Friday 11th November 2016. The team performed particularly well in the Short Mat Bowls coming third overall. The team was comprised of participants from Canons Leisure Centre, Morden Park Pools and Wimbledon Leisure Centre & Spa.
The annual event was run by the UK’s largest leisure provider Better and hosted for second time at the former 2012 Olympic venue, sited on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford. It aims to encourage 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 a range of sporting events ranging from Badminton, Short Tennis, Swimming, Timed Cycle, Dominoes, Darts and Short & Long Mat Bowls. Proudly representing their boroughs the 21 teams competing hailed from the London boroughs of Barnet, Camden, Greenwich, Ealing, Kensington & Chelsea, Lambeth, Hammersmith and Fulham, Hillingdon, Hackney, Merton, Tower Hamlets, Waltham Forest, Islington as well as Epsom and Ewell, Reigate and Banstead, Crystal Palace National Sports Centre, Rivermead Leisure Centre, Rugby, Cambridge, South Ox, West Ox, Reading and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Last year’s winners Epsom & Ewell were pipped to the post by Greenwich while team Hackney were hot on their heels securing third place.
Former Olympic swimming gold medallist Duncan Goodhew opened the event, while Rio 2016 Olympic Taekwondo Silver medallist Lutalo Mohammed presented the awards.
Bill Debden, Team Merton’s Short Mat Bowls Captain said, ‘‘This year’s Club Games has been a fantastic day out, the event has been really well organised making it really fun and enjoyable for all of us to take part. It’s great to see so many active older adults, enjoying the positive spirit and atmosphere of the Club Games.’’
Mark Sesnan, Managing Director at GLL, said: “As the UK’s leading charitable leisure social enterprise we are proud to run the Better Games and to celebrate the benefits that physical activity and an active lifestyle can offer everyone regardless of age.”