The Wenlock Olympian Society’s
year began in December 2013 with
the retirement of Peter Thompson, a WOS member for over forty years and Secretary for 16 years – not an easy job.
To acknowledge his contribution to WOS and to sport, Peter was awarded the ‘William Penny Brookes Trophy’ – the top Energize Sports award. Congratulations to Peter and good wishes in his retirement; and a warm welcome to Louise Parker who has taken over the challenging role of WOS Secretary.
March saw the opening of our128th Wenlock Olympian Games with the live arts competitors performing to capacity audiences. Simultaneously, the Winter Olympics were taking place in Sochi. I was commentating and Ben Simons, a Wenlock Olympian gold medallist, was competing for TeamGB in our 2nd Bobsleigh – and came a commendable 16th. Old Dr Brookes would have been very proud as Ben is the third known Wenlock Olympian who is now a British Olympian. I’m sure there’ll be many others in the future who are inspired to take their sport to the top.
In total, about 3,000 competitors and supporters, will be part of our 2014 Games. Quite an achievement – but its success depends on the dedication of its volunteer workforce, the generosity of its patrons and the support of its many competitors and spectators. Thank you to everyone.
We close with the golf competition on Monday 21st July, when I hope that everyone will have enjoyed another great Wenlock Olympian Games. Then it’s time to sit back and enjoy watching more action as Wednesday 23rd sees the opening ceremony of the 20th Commonwealth Games – one of the many sporting events inspired in no small part by our founder, William Penny Brookes.