Anyone who had watched the weather forecast for Saturday turned up to this year’s event expecting to get wet and we did!
But the great advantage of booking the sports hall at Monk’s Dyke School is that it is big enough that most of the activities can still go ahead. Thanks go to those hardy souls that put up gazebos and ran their stalls outside. Thanks also to the record number of children and their families that turned up and took part despite the forecast. Following the success of Hollie’s multisport relays in the gym last year it was repeated this year with rounders also inside. Thanks to her and Russ for keeping some 70 or so children fully occupied. Susanne & Tommy did a fabulous job of making the 4 teams as equal as possible as can be seen by the final scores: 4th Will McIntyre’s Red team with 23.5 pts, 3rd Adam McIntyre’s Blue team with 25pts, 2nd Anne Meiwald’s Green team with 34pts and the winners were Lilly Miller’s Yellow team with 35pts. The penalty shoot out was as popular as ever and was run this year by the Challis family with Steve spending much of the afternoon as goalie. Fortunately there were one or two others willing to take a turn in goal as Steve definitely needed breaks to cool off! Winner of the 9 and under age group was Joseph Vickers; the 10 – 11 yrs group was won by Leon Page in a shoot off with Jan Meiwald and Danny Goddard. Callum Brown won the 12 – 13 yrs and Will Kemp the 14 – 16yrs. Another shoot off saw James McIntyre take the over 16 yrs prize.
Kate Kemp’s netball goal challenge was also popular and it was decided that Chris Aiken and Sammy Rogers were joint winners. This year’s bean bag throwing competition, run by Rachel Miller, was just for the under 12yrs age children despite a great deal of muttering by Sarah Richardson who fancied her chances after getting into last year’s semi finals. She finally relented when persuaded that she would never have got into the swimsuits which were the girls and boys prizes!
Lesley Wells did an excellent job of running the refreshments again this year with Rose, Sandie and Eleanor and were kept very busy indeed thanks to a fantastic range of cakes and biscuits supplied by generous parents and supporters. Ellie also acted as keeper of the Guess How Many Sweets in the Jar kindly donated by Jess Male (Zachary & Dylan’s Mum). The winner was B. Dawson (Millie’s Dad) with a guess of 93. Jess also provided a huge box of chocolate treats much enjoyed by the children after the games had concluded. The McIntyre family manned the ever popular tombola stall and completely sold out by the end of the afternoon. Tracey Brown raffled a lovely bottle of Scotch, donated by the Challis and Sharrock families, which was won by Paul Wright and a personal training session donated by John Spence which was won by Hollie Wells.
One of the star prizes was Max the Bear a beautiful handmade, collectable bear made by Kelsey Cunningham of Kaycee Bears. Jacky Brown managed to persuade Kelsey to sell him at an extremely good rate, as any money raised by him would be going to a good cause. The Brown family very generously bought him for us to raffle. They decided that the winner would have to try and guess where he had been on his holidays and a very happy Mr Dawson became his new owner.
Mark Swaby and John Kelly were kept busy all day flipping burgers and I am glad to report that John did not need the fire extinguisher he brought in case Mark tried to set fire to himself again this year. We were surprised and extremely pleased to accept a very generous cash donation from the Muns family. New this year was Poppy Dales a face painting artist. Sadly, she had another commitment that day and couldn’t stay for the whole afternoon, but donated her takings to the Club.
We were honoured to welcome the new Mayor of Louth Cllr Brian Burnett, Patrick Purves from Bridge McFarland and Russ Gardener from the Meridian Leisure Centre who joined Steve and Rose in handing out the well deserved medals and trophies to all our successful swimmers. Thanks to Maxine Bojen for looking after all the trophies and medals all year and for Sarah Richardson for putting them all together, ready for presentation.
For the first time Helen Markham’s Special Olympic Swimmers joined in the Sportsman’s Week Gala and it was clear that they had as great a time swimming as we did watching them. They were really great sports and to mark the occasion Rose presented them all with a medal for taking part.
No Dolphins barbeque would be complete without the egg throwing challenge to round off the occasion and thanks to Matthew Clarke there were plenty to go at. Bob had Graham Richardson and Jason Bartup did their best to adjudicate. Winners were Josh Wright and Zak Heywood but there were lots of smiley, eggy children who made their way home at the end of the day.
Many Thanks to all above mentioned for their generosity and help, but also to all of you who donated items and those who came to support us on the day and spend your hard earned cash! We are pleased to announce that we took £892 on the day.
Jane & Mark