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Leisure Centre celebrates 30 years by supporting Cumbria's Talented Athletes

September 19, 2012

Over 1,300 people wished lakes leisure Kendal a happy 30th Birthday at the centre’s open day on Sunday 16th September. Despite the rain which meant that all activities had to take cover inside, the day was a huge success and nobody let it dampen the party atmosphere. Lakeland Radio even joined in the fun with presenter Milli who threw himself into every activity to the delight of the watching crowds!

As a result of the day, lakes leisure Kendal raised over £800 for the Cumbria Talented Athlete Fund, backed by SLDC, Cumbria County Council and Active Cumbria. The fund supports access to sport for local kids and even helped local Team GB waterpolo player Glen Robinson take part in the London Games. For this 30th birthday occasion, all activities were just £1.00 each with proceeds donated directly to the Cumbria Talented Athlete Fund to help promising athletes from the area further their sporting ambitions and possibly one day represent Team GB themselves.

 A real highlight of the day was lakes leisure Kendal’s very own medal count, with 200 medals being won at the junior Olympics which took place in the Westmorland Hall. Youngsters inspired by the London Games competed in a variety of Olympic sports including javelin, sprint, long jump and even a penalty shootout with every competitor receiving a commemorative 30th Birthday medal. There were also lots of birthday treats on offer, balloons, key rings, t-shirts and a real medal podium!

It isn’t often that a rodeo bull comes to town and it proved to be a popular attraction in the Birthday line-up; how long you lasted depended on the mood of ‘Rufus The Bull’ but there were some very impressive times recorded by both young and old – more than 60 seconds was certainly an achievement! Lakeland Radio’s Milli broad-casted whilst riding and managed 36 seconds even holding a microphone which was a great effort.

A host of other activities including the swimming pool’s Splash Dash inflatable, a bouncy castle, Fitzone Gym and others attracted great numbers throughout the event with many choosing to try out all the activities on offer. Cumbria Police and Fire Service joined in the party spirit handing out hats and even offered juniors the chance to dress as a police officer! 

Lydia Wolstenholme, Marketing Manager said:

“We couldn’t have asked for a better turn out to celebrate our 30th Birthday and we would really like to thank everyone who came along on the day. It was fantastic to see the junior Olympics in full flow and our medals certainly proved very popular! We are also very proud to have raised over £800 for The Cumbria Talented Athlete Fund, playing our part in supporting our local future Team GB hopefuls!”

More photos from the event can be seen on lakes leisure’s Facebook page and Lakeland Radio’s website.

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As of 19th Sept 2012 Cumbria Talented Athlete Fund had supported 84 athletes in total from two elements of the fund. 15 were awarded grants of £500 from the Performance element of the fund equating to £7,500. 69 award grants of £250 from the Potential element of the fund equating to £21,250. In total £28,750 worth of grants have been given to date.