We’re talk­ing sport and a chance to win top bike

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - News -

MAY I just start by thank­ing all of you who have got in­volved and re­sponded to the sub­jects I have broached in my col­umn. I re­ally do ap­pre­ci­ate it, so keep send­ing your thoughts in, oth­er­wise I’ll be out on my ear. By the way, you don’t have to write just be­cause you agree; I can take some crit­i­cism as well! Any­way, you may have heard me and Kirstyn on the ra­dio re­cently, talk­ing about a com­pe­ti­tion that Ash­ford Ac­tive, the bor­ough’s sports part­ner­ship net­work, is run­ning. Ba­si­cally, if you are un­der the age of 16 and can think of an in­cred­i­ble ques­tion you’d like to ask Ash­ford’s very own Olympic gold medal­list Jamie Staff, then Hal­fords will give a custom-built bike to the win­ner, that Jamie will hand over him­self. Ash­ford’s Sport­ing He­roes is a cel­e­bra­tion of all that is good in sport in our com­mu­nity and my­self and Kirstyn feel hon­oured and in­deed priv­i­leged to be in­volved on the night. We can’t wait to meet our “golden boy” Jamie and some fan­tas­tic lo­cal tal­ent from all spec­trums of the sport­ing world. The coun­cil is re­ally pulling out all the stops for this night and spe­cial thanks go out to Si­mon Har­ris who is the sports op­er­a­tions de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer and Ac­tive Ash­ford co-or­di­na­tor. Good work mate! We truly are blessed where we live to have so many op­tions in the sport­ing cur­ricu­lum and there is no rea­son why we can’t all be in­volved. We have Ash­ford Rugby Club in Can­ter­bury Road, that has teams at all lev­els and is very suc­cess­ful. The same can be said of Ash­ford Hockey Club in Bull Lane, a fan­tas­tic set up which will not be bet­tered any­where in the county. Ash­ford Cricket Club who have merged with The Old Sta­cians have a great academy sys­tem for the kids and the grown-ups aren’t do­ing too bad ei­ther. You’ve got the box­ing club, swim­ming club, ath­let­ics club and foot­ball club in Ash­ford. I could go on and on. We tend to for­get just how spoilt for choice we are th­ese days and how truly lucky we are to have so much go­ing on in our com­mu­nity. If you wish to join in the com­pe­ti­tion to win the bike from Jamie, then “log on or jog on” to www.ac­tiveash­ford.co.uk and if you wish to com­ment on this or any other col­umn I’ve writ­ten, or you have any ideas for fur­ther gripes or cel­e­bra­tions then check out our web­site at www.ken­tish­ex­press.co.uk

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