Short Mat team take bronze medal at +55 Olympics

Friday 12th October 2018 9:33 pm
General Club News, Short Mat


HBC team represent Reigate & Banstead at Better Games 55+ Olympics taking bronze 

A team of 4 Horley bowlers were asked to represent our borough at the Better Club Annual Senior Games dubbed the 55+ Olympics now in its 13th year. The event is sponsored by Greenwich Leisure Ltd who run Better Leisure which is a non profit organisation who sponsor Olympic Athletes. Better Leisure runs Horley Leisure Center on Court Lodge where there is a very active 60+ programme worth checking out. The aim of the games is to encourage and promote a healthy and active lifestyle to people of all ages however targeting people of our age group specifically.

Silver Tops at The Copper Box

On Wednesday 10th October 700 competitors from all over London and much further afield descended on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park to battle it out in 10 different sports at the iconic Copper Box. Our intrepid team of Coral, Cherie, David F and Ivor swapped their burgundy & white club shirts for a gorgeous grey borough tee shirt. Playing against 16 other teams in the short mat section our guys finished a very creditable 3rd taking the bronze medal which they are seen proudly wearing in the image above over their Horley Bowls Club jackets. Out of interest we beat Epsom & Ewell, Sutton and Greenwich on our way to the bronze. Gold medal winners were Waltham Forest and Silver was Islington.

TV Stardom for the Horley Four

As if their day wasn’t exciting enough 2 of the team were interviewed by a Channel 5 reporter for a feature on the 5 O’clock news! Well done David & Cherie you came across very well even after editing. We have a link to a screen grab below which Brian W managed to video.

It was a long 12 Hr day for our guys but a great experience which they all enjoyed and just shows what opportunities can present themselves when being a member of Horley Bowling Club and getting out there being active.

Take peek at the interview with our celebrities by clicking on the link below