Suffolk badminton players win silver at the Special Olympics

Suffolk badminton players win silver at the Special Olympics

‘Special Olympics’ is sport for athletes with an intellectual (learning) disability, the National Games are a multi-sport event held every four years and the highlight of the Special Olympics calendar in this country. The event involved 2,600 athletes competing in 19 sports with the support of over a 1,000 volunteers all cheered on by over 7,000 family and friends throughout the week.


Ipswich pair, Kathy Brill and Cameron Sherman, both competed in the singles competitions where they came up against some very tough, and considerably more experienced opponents from around the UK. On the last day of competition they teamed up to win the silver medal in the mixed doubles event, defeating teams from the South of England and Scotland on their way to the final.

Marilyn Andrews, one of the athletes parents said, “A massive well done to everyone involved with the Special Olympics in Sheffield. We had a fantastic week watching the badminton and supporting Cameron and Kathy. The spirit at the Games was amazing with all of the players cheering and supporting each other. The volunteers deserve a special thank you for giving up their time to help make it a very memorable week for all of us”.
Mike McCarthy from ActivLives and Special Olympics Suffolk said, “Winning a medal in their first National Games was an amazing achievement by Kathy and Cameron and is a testament to all of the hard work that they have put in over the last few months.”


“We are all very proud of them both!”
If you would like to find out more about how you can play badminton with Special Olympics Suffolk and the ActivIpswich project, please contact Mike McCarthy on 01473 345350 or email

Kurling competitions help to get Ipswich active.

Kurling competitions help to get Ipswich active.

The event, which attracted over sixty competitors, is part of the ActivIpswich sports project for people who are over 45 years old and not currently taking part in regular sports or physical activity. The initiative is a partnership between ActivLives and Ipswich Borough Council and is designed to encourage mature adults to get involved in sport. The project is funded by the National Lottery and Sport England.
Since being introduced to the programme, the relatively new sport of New Age Kurling has proved to be very popular right across Ipswich.

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“Kurling is the probably the most popular of the many sports that we play on the ActivIpswich programme”, said Mike McCarthy, Project Manager. “Competitions like this are all part of a programme that is designed to make it easy for anyone to get involved with fun, social sports activity, whatever their fitness level. We had players from 10 different groups taking part today which demonstrates the number of
people getting active through accessible sports like this”.


If you would like to know more about Kurling or any of the other inclusive sports that are offered by ActivLives, please call 01473 345350 or email

A little bit of Rio and the Olympic Games came to Maidenhall at the weekend!

Community Games banner 1 copyThere were 84 participants who took part in a wide range of fun adapted and inclusive sports during the afternoon from Walking Football, Walking Netball, Badminton, Table Tennis,  to  name a few. Taster sessions were followed by Competitions with the Netball & Table Tennis Challenges,  New Age Kurling, Lawn Bowls and Boccia.

Roger Osbourne, ActivLives Patron, presented the medals and engraved silver salvers to winners and two special awards to members who had not only shone as a participants , but had also supported and encouraged other members to ‘have a go’.


pics 2Mike McCarthy, ActivIpswich Manager said, “ The first ActivLives Community Games has been a great success, the support was tremendous from both ActivIpswich  and ActivSuffolk members, with people representing their groups from Lakenhealth, Eye, Stowmarket, Felixstowe and Ipswich. It has definitely proved that you are never too old to take up a sport.  A big thank you to the volunteers and staff who helped to make it a real fun, social and competitive afternoon and a big thank you to Roger Osbourne  for presenting the medals. Here’s to another one next year….”

If you would like to find out more about ActivLives activities or the ActivIpswich project contact the main office on 01473 345350 or visit the website

New Age Kurling at Ipswich Library

This is a short film recorded by Suffolk Libraries for our Friday Kurling Club at Ipswich Library 10am – 1pm every Friday.
Come along and play some New Age Kurling!
£2.50 per person.

We’re not sporty: or are we?

The course is being set up as part of ActivIpswich, a sports project that is targeted at people who are over 45 years old (there is no upper age limit), and who are not currently taking part in regular sport.

“This course is for anyone who would like to have a go at some sport and games activity in a friendly and fun environment. No need for any level of fitness or special kit or equipment, just come along and have a bash – the kettle will be on and we will be having some fun”, said Mike McCarthy, ActivAtor on the ActivIpswich project.

The course is being held on Tuesday evenings, starting on the 17th March, at Greenfinch Church Hall in Ipswich, between 6.00-8.00pm. It is completely FREE and runs for six weeks.

“We will be doing some walk sports, some racket games and playing with balls! The emphasis will be very much on having a go and having fun – no experts or fitness fanatics allowed”, said Mike.

To book your place or to find out more information about what is involved call Mike on 01473 345350 or email