Solidarity through sports
6 GoodGymers made their way to help the Derbyshire Regugee Solidarity in Derby.
- Saturday, 13th of August 2022
- Led by Naomi Hope
Sun, sports and solidarity - today was Derbyshire Refugee Solidarity's annual sports day.
We received a very warm welcome from the organisers (and not just because of the amber weather warning in place!) Volunteers and participants were briefed before we all set off on our sporty tasks.
We were asked not only to help with specific roles to make the activities flow, but also encourage participation and inclusion ... so if you saw someone on their own, grab a couple of badminton rackets and have a game with them! Tracy got straight into that and played some brilliant matches while Pete headed off to the welly wanging area and took on the brave challenge of marking the throws (while trying not to get hit by a flying welly!)
Lorraine and Naomi were on multi-sports duty, setting up and replacing bean bags, skipping ropes, sacks and eggs and spoons for the heats of all the races. Tracey and Gwyn took ultimate responsibility for the results, holding up the finish line and clocking the winners of each race.
Our volunteers joined in with a few challenges ... badminton, egg and spoon race, welly wanging and the tug o' war!
We were honored when our GoodGym team were asked to present certificates to the winners - a lovely way to round off a perfect day.
I think Pete summed it up when choosing our name for the tug o' war ... the preceeding teams had chosen football teams and Pete suggested "United". It felt like we were. A fabulous day with and amazing group of people.
Report written by Naomi Hope
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