Jayne Torvill OBE completed her first duathlon when she entered an event staged by Bexhill Lions in 2013.
She entered again last year, this time with family members and her personal trainer, and was then on hand to present prizes to other participants.
She had expressed an interest in the work and activities of Bexhill Lions and indicated that she would like to have a closer involvement, which led to her receiving an invitation from Membership Director George Coleman and Race Director David Burstow to join the Club as an Honorary Member.
With her many commitments, including the TV programme Dancing on Ice and the associated UK tour, finding a suitable date to formally induct her to the Club was “not easy.”
However on March 8 she attended the 15th annual Lions’ Special Knockout games at Bede’s School, organised by Zone 2B and Crowborough Lions. The event is aimed at those with physical and learning difficulties together with their carers and families. This year, 9 disability clubs entered 19 teams with a total of 140 taking part. In addition there were some 75-85 carers/helpers in attendance.The event was opened by the Town Crier of Hailsham and guests included the Mayors of Bexhill, Eastbourne and Uckfield, the Deputy Mayor of Hailsham and two Hailsham PCSOs.
Jayne arrived in the afternoon and spent a couple of hours watching the various games, talking with contestants, carers and Lions Members. Needless to say there was a great demand for autographs and photographs. Before the team awards ceremony, David Burstow, District Physical & Learning Disabilities Officer introduced Jayne to the excited audience. Membership Director George Coleman presented her membership certificate and Lions badge. Lion President Richard Winrow formally welcomed her to the Club and commented that they looked forward to seeing her at some of the meetings and events they hold throughout the year.
In response Jayne said that she was looking forward to being involved in the Club and also that she planned to enter the 2015 Bexhill Lions’ Duathlon. She then congratulated all the contestants for taking part and thanked carers and family members who gave so much support. District Governor Terry Mason concluded by saying that Jayne was now a member of the Lions family and would be welcome at every club around the globe.
Jayne then helped with the awards and medal presentations. Before leaving, she said she was very impressed to see that some 20 senior students from Bede’s School had helped out during the day.
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