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PRESS RELEASE: Monday 19th November 2012

Olympian Norman Hughes and British Lion Tim Stimpson were the inspirational and entertaining speakers at a Rotary Club Sporting Supper at Horbury Working Mens Club last Thursday evening. The event organised by the Rotary Club of Horbury and Ossett Phoenix was attended by over 130 people and raised nearly £1500 which is to be distributed among individuals, clubs and organisations involved in providing Junior Sports activities in the area.

MC and comedian Malcolm Lord ensured the evening flowed with laughter and encouraged everyone to participate in the fund raising.

Wakefield Olympic torch bearer Karen Townend put in an appearance to the Chariots of Fire theme music and later posed for photos with guests.

Wildcats Coach Richard Agar was very much in the demand during the Question and Answer session towards the end of the evening.

Following the event Rotary Club President Mike Gill said, "We are delighted with the amount raised at the supper and grateful to everyone who supported us. We want to do our bit to encourage the involvement of young people in sport and to support those volunteers who are already involved in coaching and organising such activities. We have therefore decided to double the amount raised with £1500 from our existing charity funds making a grand total of £3000 available."

Many local sports clubs have been contacted and bids have already been received from Slazengers Junior Hockey, and Wakefield Harriers Junior Section. The Wakefield Express can assist us by publishing details in editions covering Horbury, Ossett and surrounding districts where young people from Horbury and Ossett area are involved in sport.

Application forms can be obtained from This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

President Mike said "We are encouraging all clubs to get their applications in by the 7 December so that we may distribute the money as soon as possible"

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Olympic bronze medallist Norman Hughes (left)

Olympic Torchbearer Karen Townend, and British Lion Tim Stimpson (right) pictured at the Sporting Supper.

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