JUNIOR gymnast Niamh Brown who’s battling a rare form of cancer got the surprise of a lifetime last week.
The seven-year-old from Gee Cross who has been a member of Tameside Sports Trust gymnastics programme since she was four met her heroine, Olympic medal-winner Beth Tweddle.
The brave youngster was interviewed about her fight with cancer by the BBC and was then taken on a mystery trip to Liverpool.
When she arrived at her destination Niamh who is recovering from treatment for ovarian cancer was greeted by her idol, Beth, who had heard about Niamh’s brave battle and wanted to meet her.
The youngster was lost for words as Beth appeared. She’d been told that she was going to watch a gymnastics display and had no idea that Beth, a bronze medal winner at the London Olympics last year, was going to be there.
Dad Darrell who, along with Niamh’s mum Julia had not been told about the surprise trip, was full of praise for the former triple World Champion gymnast.
FRIENDS of a seven-year-old girl from Gee Cross who has been battling a rare form of cancer have raised over £900 taking part in a charity gymnastics event at the weekend.
Niamh Brown, a regular member for the last three years at Tameside Gymnastics Club, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in August this year.
90% of ovarian cancer cases occur in women over the age of 45* and doctors told her parents Darrell and Julia Brown that it’s rare to find it in pre-teenage girls. Niamh’s case was the first time the condition had been treated at Manchester Royal Children’s Hospital.
TAMESIDE’S six-a-side community football league is looking for teams of all ability to take up the challenge for their Tuesday 6 a side league.
The league is played every Tuesday evening with 45 minutes matches played between 7.00pm and 10.00pm on the fantastic 3G pitches at Copley Sports Centre.
League manager Richard Rollason described the league as “fitness with a competitive edge for people aged 16 and over. Although we have some talented footballers taking part, it’s a league for the community giving all standards of footballers the chance to play.’
Being FA affiliated the league is professionally run and only use the very best referees in the area. You do not need to be an organised or an established team; you may simply be a group of friends, work colleagues or mates from the pub.
There is no entry or registration fee to the league and teams are able to use flexible squads, so as many different players as you want throughout the season.
Last year’s winners of the Premiership, Shearers (as pictured above) worked their way up from the bottom of league 3 over three years after hearing about the league through the local media and have already signed up ahead of the new season.
The league is played on the very best 3G pitch surface and has been established for over 6 years boasting 3 divisions on a Thursday night.
Anyone interested in taking part on the Tuesday night can register for free online at www.soccersixes.net or contact Richard on 07929 241693
TWO local volunteers are taking the plunge in a unique partnership between Tameside Sport Trust and Tameside Council.
The duo are taking part in a six-day National Pool Life Guarding Course, being run by Tameside Sports Trust, as part of their work as volunteers for the Council’s youth service.
The two, Davide Fogato (39) and Adam Crawshaw (18) are hoping to pass the course which is taking place at Dukinfield Pool with flying colours.
If they do, they’ll increase the hours they put in as youth volunteers by carrying out life-guarding duties at the Medlock Leisure Centre swimming pool.
This year we’ve teamed up with Sara Callow Photography to offer our customers the opportunity to capture special active moments. Active Images commences on 8th November with Gym Tots, Ducklings and Wally Walrus photo shoots. We also plan to work with Sara to introduce underwater shoots in the near future. Underwater shoots offer the ability to capture babies first water moments, pregnancy images and family group shots.
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TAMESIDE kids are voting with their feet and taking up more exercise than ever, despite a recent national poll by the British Heart Foundation (BHF).
The BHF issued the results of its latest survey on Friday (October 11) claiming that kids ‘are desperate to be more active’ and want more physical education lessons at school.
But in Tameside, the borough’s youngsters and their schools are already doing something about it – more of them than ever are actively participating in sport and exercise on a weekly basis.
A massive 10,000 young people a week are now taking part in sports and exercise programmes for schools organised by Tameside Sports Trust.
Tameside’s youngsters are getting their fitness fix through a range of activities and exercise sessions including dance and gymnastics, school swimming, after school clubs and bikeability training.
The Trust has seen a huge shift in take-up of the sports they deliver in schools through their Active Education programme. Swimming lessons, in particular, have gone through the roof with 80 primary schools now providing their pupils with swimming lessons.
Tonight 7.30pm - 8.30pm at The Copley Centre. FREE to all!
Join Andy, author of two books about his triathlon adventures as he talks about his fascinating journey and what makes him tick. In 2012 Andy was nominated for a British Sports Book Award as “Best New Writer” for his first book Can’t Swim, Can’t Ride Can’t Run.”
We have a limited number of places available. Contact Matthew Balmer on 0161 330 5208 to book your place today.
The course costs £210 and includes all course material, training and examination. The course will run during the October School Holidays, Monday 28th October to Sunday 3rd November.