Hundreds of super smiles could be seen on children, young people and adults at the Regatta for Disabled on Saturday at Phyllis Court Club.
Triple Olympic Gold Medallist GB rower, Andrew Triggs-Hodge and Poirot actor, David Suchet were delighted to be invited as special guests. Andrew got straight into action by joining Team Holt’s team in the dragon boat racing which he helped win them their first race. He said afterwards, “I’ve only done dragon boating once before and I’m not very good at it. It’s great to be here to meet everyone and to show off my medal. Rio was an incredible and a wonderful place. The atmosphere today though matched it and I’m really glad I managed to squeeze it into my busy schedule.”
David Suchet was pleased to be invited to see the Rivertime boat which was offering river trips that he helped launch in 2008. He said, “It’s great to see so many people being able to enjoy the river who wouldn’t normally be able to.”
Visitors could enjoy an amazing array of land and river based activities including a climbing wall, specially adapted bikes from Cycling Projects, Punch & Judy, circus skills, a petting farm and bell boating. David Eggleton, dressed up in his Royal Cavalier uniform and fascinated young and old with his local historical stories about the Civil War.
Every visitor was given a medal too – David and Andrew had fun comparing theirs!
The organising committee are delighted that John Howell MP and Chair of Phyllis Court Club, Trish Christmas as patrons this year. Phyllis Court have been a sponsor of the event since the beginning in 2011, providing The Paddock and moorings for free.
Six teams competed in the dragon boat racing – two from Simpson Associates, two from Bishopswood School and two from The Holt school. The Mayor presented the trophies which were are paddles made by Henwood and Dean boatbuilders to Simpson Associates A team who won the regatta and to Team Holt for the most enthusiastic team.
Mike Pooley, Chair of the Regatta for Disabled said, “I would like to thank our excellent Committee for organising another marvellous fun filled interactive day for disabled persons and their families. Also lots of thanks to others who without their support the event would not be so successful including our main sponsor The Shanley Foundation, Phyllis Court for the use of the Paddock, Rivertime Boat Trust and Hobbs for use of their boats and volunteer marshalls on the day from Henley Lions.