Kent Sporting Legends A Celebration

Jan Leeming

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Date: 30th November 2012

I was asked to host the above event which was to take place in the Sports Hall of Canterbury University. I had not realised what a superb and moving occasion it would be.  

Kent had more than its fair share of Olympians and Paralympians in the Games this year and the event was to celebrate Kent Sporting Legends Past, Present and Future - the whole evening interspersed with entertainment all staged by local schools.  And what a high standard we enjoyed from the superb Tradlads from Norton Ashbull School, Ashford, Canterbury Academy Vocal Group (only formed in April this year), a Dance Due with Caroline Milsom and Joseph Hodges and a Ballet Trio accompanied by a self taught composer and pianist Max Buchan and a delightful Cellist - Matt Roberts.

We had two roving reporters from BBC Kent, Alex Ward and John Warner who spoke with the Sportspeople - some of whom had great stories to tell. I particularly enjoyed the interview with the Rev. Nicholas Stacey who won in the Athletics at Helsinki in 1952.  At the end of his race he gave his 'spikes' to a person in the crowd and never raced again.  Great character.    An amusing episode occurred when a group of the Olympians and Paralympians came on stage to be presented with mementoes by a representative from the headline sponsors - P & O Ferries.  Three of the sportspeople were due to remain on stage for interview by Alex and John.  Quite by accident, (having gone to congratulate the Tradlads) Steve Brown (Wheelchair Rugby)  was also left on stage.  Fortunately I knew who he was having met him when Channel 4 had their opening celebration on winning the hosting of the Paralympian Games.  He really is a great guy with bags of personality, charisma and character.  Alex cleverly picked up the baton so to speak and did an off the cuff interview with him.

The whole evening was highly enjoyable and I think, a great success.  Even the choice of a snack/buffet supper was ideal.  There were plates of the most delicious canapés and everyone could have their fill.  All so much better than the usual fare when one is trying to feed  400 +.  You know what I mean - it is usually an indifferent starter,  a half-cold 'hot' dish like chicken and vegetables, and a pud you could well do without.

Anyway, suffice to say, it was a great evening and I think everyone involved was well pleased.  I certainly felt pleased and honoured to be a tiny part of the celebration.

This is the lovely Steve and his gorgeous partner Michaela - taken on a mobile phone - not mine! -  and a bit grainy but I think it shows you enough of the lovely couple.


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