Downham Market Games to have Rio flavour

Launch Of Downham Market Games. FLtoR John Murphy.Frances Rayner. Sam Chopping. Anvar Ali. Peter Duhig. Maxine Murphy. ANL-160303-193519009
Launch Of Downham Market Games. FLtoR John Murphy.Frances Rayner. Sam Chopping. Anvar Ali. Peter Duhig. Maxine Murphy. ANL-160303-193519009

A Brazilian flavour will be running through a popular Downham sports event.

Organisers of the Downham Games will be celebrating the Rio Olympics during this year’s event, which will be taking place at the Memorial Games on Sunday, June 12.

The games were created in 2012 as part of the legacy of the London Olympics.

Since then the event has grown in popularity and more than 500 people went along last year’s event to try their hands at a variety of different sports.

Organiser Frances Rayner, who launched this year’s games last week, is delighted with how the free event has developed.

She said: “I am absolutely thrilled. We started to help the community to celebrate the Olmypics but it has snowballed since then. We have more people helping on the day and more people wanting to support the event.

“This year we are putting in a flavour of the Olympics as much as we can. We are thinking about music as Rio is very colourful. We are going to have an opening and closing ceremony as they would have at the Olympic games.”

Bronze, silver and gold medals will be handed out during the athletics competition. Other activities planned for the day include cycling, football, cricket, archery and tennis. Nerf gun wars are also planned and there are hopes for fencing taster sessions.

Support is offered to this year’s event by Downham Town Council, West Norfolk Sports Council, Downham Tandoori and Arbuckles.

For more information contact francesrayner68@gmail.com or ring on 07802448836.