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London 2012 spirit is here to stay

Residents are expected to come out in force on Sunday 28 July to take part in the Join-In Sports Festival in Poole Park, showing the sporting spirit London 2012 left a year ago.

This one day festival will see the park filled with local sports clubs offering have a go sessions, tasters and demonstrations. Visitors to the event will be able to have a go at a large number of sports including mainstream, non-traditional and disability sports and will be able to speak to club coaches and sports organisations.

Those attending will also have the opportuntiy to met two Olympians and a Torch Bearer from London 2012. John Pearce, a Great Britain handball player will be running the handball sessions for the day. John represented Great Britain in the London 2012 Games and is currently helping Poole Handball team inspire potential young Olympians. Kate McGregor, will be supporting the Rockley Watersports stand and participants will be lucky enough to go out on the water with her. Kate sailed in the 11 Women’s Elliot 6m round robin races and five Women’s Elliot 6m quarterfinal races with her crew Annie Lush and sister Lucy.

Attendees can also meet and talk to a London 2012 Torch Bearer, Phil Kybert, who had the privilege of being one of the many torch bearers on 13 July and carried it through Portesham. He will be showcasing his torch at the Dexter football stand for the day.

Cllr Judy Butt, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Public Engagement and Participation, with responsibility for Sports and Recreation, Borough of Pooel, said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for people to try out a new sport and perhaps find a new hobby. Many people might not know much about handball but with an Olympic athlete showing you the ropes, I am confident that residents and visitors to the park will embrace all the sports on offer and try something different.

"I look forward to seeing as many people as possible on Sunday and cannot wait to have my Olympic torch moment."

The event is open to all ages and abilities and with over 20 sports present, there is sure to be something for everyone. The Join-In Festival will take place on Sunday 28 July, from 11am-4pm.

Those wanting to particiate in activities will need to pay or collect a wristband from the main information tent that will be situated in the park. Wristbands cost £1.50 per person or are free on presentation of a valid Access to Leisure and Learning Card.