Local sporting stars - including Olympians, World Cup and Heineken Cup winners - came together at Bath Sports & Leisure Centre on Saturday to compete in the third annual Bath Rugby Foundation Superstars Challenge.
Bath Rugby Foundation Superstars challenge is an annual sporting event which brings together local businesses and sports superstars, with the aim of raising funds for Bath Rugby Foundation. The funds raised from this event will go towards the delivery of an Inclusion Fun Day taking place in the summer of 2015. The Inclusion Fun Day is an annual event run by Bath Rugby Foundation, specifically designed for children with disabilities from local special schools.
Sixteen teams in total took up the Superstars challenge which featured three returning company teams as well as six new teams and competitors, with each lineup consisting of five participants from local businesses, including 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment, Thrings, Rygor, Savills, Centurion Wealth Management, BMT, Dyson, Roger Lewis Furniture, Alide Hire Services and Silcox Wicks & Sons. The proud winners of Superstars 2014/15 were Team Stand Firm’ from 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment, which included Bath Rugby rising star Charlie Ewels.
Each team included a local sports superstar; with other sporting legends taking part including former England Rugby stars Steve Ojomoh and Phil de Glanville, England Under 20s players Charlie Ewels, Rory Jennings, Will Homer and Max Clarke and current Bath Rugby players Will Spencer, Ben Williams, Nathan Catt and Luke Ascott. All teams taking part undertook tengruelling sporting challenges and one team event, including a 1000m cycle sprint, 500m individual row, a tyre pull, 20m sprint, crucifix tyre hold and a bleep test.
Former Bath Rugby, England Rugby and British & Irish Lions star Danny Grewcock MBE, Superstar with Team Rygor said, “Taking part in Bath Rugby Foundation's Superstars event is always a pleasure, it gets better every year and this year the competitiveness between the teams was really high. It was brilliant to see so many Bath Academy and Bath Rugby players supporting the event and taking part with such enthusiasm. Knowing that we are raising money for the Foundation’s Inclusion Day in the summer makes it worth every bit of effort; I can't wait for next year!”
Halena Coury, Bath Rugby Foundation Head of Fundraising, said, “After an incredibly popular and fiercely fought out competition last year we were delighted to welcome old and new faces back to the Sports Centre this year. The buzz around the sports hall was infectious and stars, teams and staff were all in ‘the zone’.
We are extremely grateful to all the sporting superstars and companies taking part this year. The challenge is a great opportunity to bring all the community together for a fun event, while raising money to allow us to host our Inclusion Fun Day in the summer once again.
As expected, it was an extremely close fought competition this year. While everyone had a great time, I’m sure there will be some sore bodies this morning!”
The event was held in association with Vibe Fitness, Bath – an energetic training facility located in central Bath providing group exercise and one on one training experiences to unlock your true potential. http://vibefitnessbath.co.uk/
Bath Rugby Foundation is an independent charity which aims to enhance the lives of children and young people in the local community through sport. www.bathrugbyfoundation.com