On Sunday, March 17 Lions Clubs from Uckfield, Hailsham, Battle, Bexhill, Eastbourne, Hastings and Rye joined forces to host their 13th ‘It’s a Special Knockout’ day for people with special needs at Bede’s School, Upper Dicker.
The competition opened with a rousing “Oyez” by Hailsham’s town crier, Geoff Rowe, who is also a member of Hailsham Lions, and a total of 150 competitors took part.
Supported by some 75 carers, supporters and families and, of course, many Lions, the competitors came from many groups across East Sussex and formed a total of 18 different competing teams.
The contestants competed more than enthusiastically in a wide range of games including a Postman Pat posting race, Dressing in Reverse and Fishing for Ducks.
In an incredibly closely run contest, with only nine points between the winning and the last teams, the winners, for the second year running, were the Yellow Perils from Special Olympics, Eastbourne, with a total of 103 points.
They will hold the trophy for another year.
In second place was the Phabtasticcs team with 101 points and the Olympians A team were third with 99 points – a close run finish.
As well as races, there were two other competitions, a prize for the best design of a Joker Card and the best designed Poster.
These were judged by the Mayors of Uckfield, John Carvey, Hailsham, Jo Bentley, Bexhill, Joanne Gadd and the Deputy Mayor of Eastbourne, Janet Coles.
Other VIPs attending were Bexhill councillor Brian Kentfield, Lions 2nd Vice-District Governor, Terry Mason, the Lions ‘ Zone Chairman, Caroline Hicks and two large costumed lions, Leo and Rory.
The prize for the best design of Joker Card was won by Bexhill Gateway and the best designed Poster was jointly won by two teams, Uckfield Phab and Team Supersonic from New Direction, Robertsbridge.
All competitors were presented with a commemorative medal and certificate.
The Lions thanked Bede’s School , students who cheerfully helped with games and fellow Lions family members. Many of the exhausted Lions, families and friends went for a well-deserved meal and drinks at the nearby King’s Head pub.