Community Links: Bede’s Hosts 16th Annual "It’s A Special Knockout"
On Sunday 13 March, Bede's was proud to host the annual Lions' “It’s a Special Knockout” for those with special needs and learning difficulties in East Sussex.
This very special event, now in its 16th year, has been hosted in recent years in the Bede’s Sports Complex and is eagerly awaited by many clubs and groups who come along to compete, accompanied by family, friends and carers.
Organised by Lions Clubs from across Sussex, senior students from Bede’s volunteered to help on the day and worked alongside the Lions, helping to set up and run the various games, and offer care and support to the various groups.
“Lions Clubs International are the largest voluntary Service Club in the world, with over 46,400 Clubs and 1.4 million members,” explained Event Organiser David Burstow. “Clubs support the needs of their local communities and help whenever and wherever they can to help improve the lives of others.”
For “It’s A Special Knockout 16,” Mayors from four Sussex towns came to Bede’s to attend the event and join in the games, with a Town Crier in full costume opening proceedings before a group of cheerleaders from Bexhill performed their routines.
Some 110 contestants, split into 12 teams, then played relay team games such as the ever-popular “Dinner For 6,” “Duck Pond,” “Hang Out The Washing,” "Hockey Sticks," and “Postman Pat,” all of which were accompanied by lots of vocal encouragement from friends and family.
Bexhill Lions' Honorary Member and Olympic Ice Dancer and Gold Medal winner Jayne Torvill OBE also came along to the event and spent time with the contestants, joined in the games, signed autographs and posed for photographs.
All the competitors received medals and certificates presented by the Mayors and Jayne Torvill, and the Bede’s students scored the events for endeavor, sportsmanship, and enthusiasm.
The final results determined who won the coveted “Bede’s Spirit of the Knockout” trophy, with this year’s winning team being Jemini from Hailsham.
In his closing speech, Mr Burstow thanked Bede’s for hosting the competition and said, “I must make mention of the Bede’s Senior School students who volunteered.
"They were fantastic in the support they gave us, manning the game lanes, showing great care and compassion in dealing with the contestants, and were fair in their marking for the Bede’s Spirit Cup.
“As Lions Clubs, we love putting on the event and we look forward to seeing you all again next year."
For more information on your local Lions Club, visit www.lionsclubs.org and click on the 'Club Locator.'