St Swithun's pupil participates in Track2Track relay

Pupil Emily Coulson, L4 participated in a relay to celebrate the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics on Sunday 9th September.

WADAC (Winchester and District Athletics Club) organised the Fit4theFuture event called Track2Track which commenced at the Olympic Park at Stratford at 1am and ended 100 miles later at the University of Winchester Athletics Stadium at Bar End. Along the route, more than 40 runners took turns to carry a baton containing a scroll summarising the ongoing public petition for a new community sports and leisure centre in Winchester.

Once the baton arrived in Winchester, it was carried four lengths of St Swithun’s pool by swimmers from Winchester City Penguins Swimming Club, one of whom was Emily, before being run through the city by junior athletes, led by Olympic torchbearers Neil Barker and Sandra Bowers.

Michaela McCallum (WADAC), Emily Coulson and 3 other swimmers and Sue Falconer, Chair of WCPSC - photos by Tash Beck

At Bar End, the baton completed two laps of the athletics track, carried in turn by runners – including top local athlete Louise Damen – swimmers, gymnasts, netball and basketball players, field and wheelchair athletes. The baton was handed to Steve Brine MP as it crossed the finish line by WADAC’s youngest member, six-year-old Sam Mballa.

“Top marks go to all those who ran through the night to bring the baton safely to Winchester. It was an honour to receive it" said Steve Brine MP. “London 2012 has been just brilliant and I know it has captivated my constituents as it has me. Bringing its energy to Winchester as part of the Fit for the Future campaign is a brilliant idea”.

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