Search

We're backing Ashley's London bid

PUBLISHED: 12:21 02 July 2010 | UPDATED: 17:48 06 July 2010

LIFT-OFF: Launch of link between the Lowestoft Journal, Lowestoft Lions and Ashley School to raise £10,000 for aspiring Paralympians.

LIFT-OFF: Launch of link between the Lowestoft Journal, Lowestoft Lions and Ashley School to raise £10,000 for aspiring Paralympians.

INTENT on helping a team of talented youngsters fulfil their dream, a special appeal has been launched today.

The Lowestoft Lions have joined forces with The Journal to back the Ashley School Athletics Squad in their pursuit of representing Great Britain at the 2012 London Paralympics.

INTENT on helping a team of talented youngsters fulfil their dream, a special appeal has been launched today.

The Lowestoft Lions have joined forces with The Journal to back the Ashley School Athletics Squad in their pursuit of representing Great Britain at the 2012 London Paralympics.

Providing joint sponsorship under the banner of LLASOA - Lowestoft Lions Ashley School Olympic Appeal - the aim is to raise funds for the Lowestoft-based youngsters to help them on their way to the top by appearing at other national and international events in the lead up to the 2012 Games.

The talented group of six youngsters, comprising Kimberley Aspland, Chelsea Dixon, Holly Durbidge, Declan Manning, Lewis Pryke and Adam Szucs, were all honoured this week as they lifted the Best Team award at the Active Waveney Sports Awards on Tuesday night.

And last weekend they all shone in collecting more personal bests and medal at the national championships.

The appeal has been unveiled by the current Lions President Glyn Page and incoming president Keith Moore - who is due to take over next week - as part of the Lions 50th anniversary celebrations for the year ahead.

The Journal will chart the progress of the youngsters regularly, with a set of wristbands now available for purchase to boost “this worthy cause.”

And setting the ball rolling, last Friday Mr Page and Mr Moore handed over £1806 to the youngsters and their teacher Jackie Milton as they aim to raise around £10,000 for the team.

“The pupils with learning difficulties have already competed for the senior championships in Sweden earlier this year, and it is essential that to qualify to represent Britain and indeed the town of Lowestoft, that these youngsters need to attend as many pre-training and selection events as possible,” a Lions spokesman said.

“The people of Lowestoft will be encouraged to collect the five colours of the Olympic Rings to show their support for this worthy cause.”

With this in mind, a number of wristbands emblazoned with the LLASOA logo on them in the colours of the Olympic Rings have been made - and they are now on sale.

You can help back this Olympic quest by giving a “minimum donation” of £3 per wristband, and purchasing them from The Journal office in London Road North, the Ashley School, Cook's Furnishers in Lowestoft, Dixons Newsagents in Lowestoft and Can-Am Travel in Lowestoft High street.

The bands will also be sold at The Lions next big event - Lions Gala Day on the August Bank Holiday Monday.

And next week, three of the talented youngsters - Lewis Pryke, Holly Durbidge and Kimberley Aspland - will compete in a British squad of 13 at senior championships in Croatia.

Chelsea Dixon also qualified for the championships, but she is currently injured. “Holly will compete in the discus and javelin, Lewis in the Heptathlon and Kimberley in the 800m and 1500m,” Mrs Milton said.

“Declan and Adam are also working extremely hard with a view to qualifying for the British team, and they are very close to reaching their targets.

“We would like to say a big thank you to Lowestoft Lions for their great support and for giving these youngsters a tremendous opportunity.”

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Lowestoft Journal

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists