After months of planning, the Surrey Youth Games for 2017 is sadly over but what an amazing success it was!
Fun and medals galore
The 2017 Specsavers Surrey Youth Games saw every borough and district in the county come together to take part in over 16 sports that were fiercely fought out at the grounds of Surrey Research Park.
Over 2000 young people took part in 286 teams during the event that was held on the 16 and 17 June. There to make sure fun was in abundance were lots of volunteers from Specsavers stores across Surrey.
Dancing Grannies to Paralympian champion
To ensure participants, delegates, organisers and families were entertained, Specsavers went all out with great entertainment. A fabulous dancing trio of three grannies put on a comedy display which proved to be a great hit! Specman flew in for the occasion and was accompanied by a human sized ear that wandered around the crowds in soaring hit to chat about the company's hearing services.
A special guest gave up her free time too to attend the Games. Stephaine Millward, a GB paralympian swimmer, brought along her medals for youngsters to try on and chat to individuals about the importance of self belief. She was deemed a very aspirational influence as she was able to talk to the crowds about her condition of MS and how it hasn't held her back in fulfilling her life ambition.
As well as the entertainment, Specsavers handed out free water to everyone - very welcomed in the soaring heat - and frisbees. A photo-booth was also supplied courtesy of Specsavers and was enjoyed by many over the weekend.
Now looking forward to 2018
In 2016, Specsavers in Surrey announced its 5-year sponsorship of the Surrey Youth Games. Its commitment now ensures the Games remain very much alive and kicking for future years with the required funding.
And 2018 looks set to be just as good as 2017!