Wealden knockout challenge is a roaring success


Lions clubs from Uckfield, Crowborough, Battle, Bexhill, Eastbourne, Hailsham, Hastings and Rye joined forces on March 16 to stage their annual It’s a Special Knockout challenge at Bede’s School, Upper Dicker.

The event is for youngsters across the county who have special needs and disabilities. It’s the 14th year of the event which is always well attended with more than 100 contestants from 15 teams plus families, friends and carers.

The Hailsham Town Crier opened the event with loud bell ringing and Hailsham’s PCSOs also went along.

Games included relay races as well as the team games such as Dinner for Six and Postman Pat with friends and supporters cheering teams on. After a well-fought competition by all, winners were Eastbourne Special Olympics.

All participants received medals and certificates and the winners hold the Knockout Cup for the forthcoming year. Presentations were made by Eastbourne and Hailsham deputy mayors, Cllrs Janet Coles and Michael Ryan.

Lions thanked Bede’s School for allowing their facilities to be used for the competition as well as support of 11 students who helped. Four of them, Ekaterina, Ana-Marie, Svitlana, and Gheorghe, expressed delight at being there and felt contestants were able to have fun in a secure environment, building confidence, and making new friends.