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Centres’ athletes on winning track

ATHLETES with learning difficulties have been competing in track and field events in an inter-centre sporting competition.

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The sports day, at Erith Athletics Stadium, attracted more than 100 competitors from Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich. Among the events were long jump, shot putt, discus, javelin, walking and wheelchair races.

Suki Mead, from the Ashley centre, was the best female athlete on the day and the best male athlete was Phillip Harbert, from the Carlton centre.

Astley day centre won the Uni-hockey competition. The 60m men's and women's walks were won by David Belgrave, of the Smerdon centre, and Karen Chamberlain, of the Sherard Road centre, respectively.

Kevin Keyslake, of Sherard Road, scooped the men's shot put and Lorraine Harris from Smerdon won the women's long jump. The Carlton centre won the 4x50m relay and the Leesons centre won the women's relay. Overall winners were the Carlton centre.

Other centres taking part were Ken Boyce adult resource centre, Slade Green; Leesons Centre, Orpington; Astley centre, Bromley Common and Eltham and the Ashley centre, Woolwich.

Bexley Athletic Club provided volunteers and equipment and awards were presented by Nick Johnson, Bexley's director of social and community services.

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