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Basketball team take to the streets

Members of the CWA Fury basketball team, with their cheerleading squad, the EA Earthquakes. Photo: Alan T Shearer

Members of the CWA Fury basketball team, with their cheerleading squad, the EA Earthquakes.
Photo: Alan T Shearer

Members of the College of West Anglia Fury Basketball team took to the streets of Lynn on Saturday to showcase some of the rising stars of local Basketball. Local youngsters were invited to come on down and shoot some hoops and slam some dunks with the Pro’s.

Free tickets for the evenings match at Lynnsport were awarded to those who won the ‘3 pointer’ competition.


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West Norfolk Sports Awards

KL.FM's Adam Newstead comperes the West Norfolk Sports Awards

KL.FM’s Adam Newstead comperes the West Norfolk Sports Awards

In a glamourous ceremony held at the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange on Wednesday evening, the coveted West Norfolk Sports Awards were handed out.

The West Norfolk Sports Awards, sponsored by KL.FM, recognise local sports men and women, teams, coaches and officials who have made a contribution to sport in West Norfolk.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Sports Man of the Year
Motorsport’s Carl Breeze

Highly Commended
Luke Johnson
Malcom Tuff

Sports Woman of the Year
Runner Marie French

Highly Commended
Barabra Parker
Tiffany Mills

Great excitement in the audience!

Great excitement in the audience!

Young Sports Person of the Year
Athletics Star Elliot Holland

Highly Commended
Ed Borrmann
Lucy Edwards

Senior Sports Person of the Year
Gaye Clarke
Highly Commended
Bill Davey

Disabled Sports Person of the Year
Table Tennis Star Daniel Bullen
Highly Commended
Ryan Hubbard

Sports Team of the Year
King’s Lynn Town Football Club
Highly Commended
Kuk Sool Won of King’s Lynn
Kings Lynn Gymnastics Club

Support in Sport Award
Paul Brandon, Administrator of West Norfolk Sports Council
Highly Commended
Elaine Wickers
Frances Rayner

Sports Event of the Year is announced as the 1948 Torch Trail

Sports Event of the Year is announced as the 1948 Torch Trail

Sports Event of the Year
1948 Torch Trail
Highly Commended
Roger Partridge
Buster Chapman /Nathan Holland

Coach of the Year
Mark Spinks
Highly Commended
Gary Setchell
Mathew Parkinson

School Sports Leader of the Year
Molly Fisher
Highly Commended
Olivia Morris
Theo Brown

Rising Star of the Year
Roller Skating Star Chantell Lyon
Highly Commended
Sophie Williams
Lewis Whitmore

Professional Sports Person of the Year

Danny Kerry, England Women’s Head Hockey Coach
Highly Commended
Barabra Parker
Dom Dwyer


All photos supplied by West Norfolk Photography

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Photo Gallery ~ West Norfolk Sports Awards

New Bodyworks Fitness Studio opens at Lynnsport


The new Bodyworks Fitness Studio has opened at Lynnsport.

The £325,000 project began in the summer with the conversion of the bowls hall to a five-rink facility, with improved lighting and flooring.

The space created by reducing the size of the bowls hall has been turned into a purpose-built studio, with an improved training environment, perfect for people who want to keep fit and active or wish to train to condition themselves for the rigours of everyday life. The studio contains state-of-the-art cardiovascular and resistance equipment along with air conditioning and views overlooking the athletics track and parkland.

In addition to the fitness rooms, an indoor group cycling studio has been created, reducing the time pressure in the dance studio and enabling more dance/aerobic classes to be programmed as part of the group fitness timetable.


Cllr David Pope, Cabinet Member for Assets, said: “This project has made excellent use of the space available and will bring improvements for a whole range of users. I really hope these changes will encourage even more people to come along and use the facilities and start to feel the benefits associated with a fit and active lifestyle.”

The work at Lynnsport has been carried out by local builders E N Suiter, Ian Trundley from Trundley Design and Malcolm Frammingham from G C Baxter Associates.

Cllr David Pope added: “I would like to thank everyone involved in this project for their hard work and dedication which has meant the work has been completed on budget and ahead of schedule. I would also particularly like to thank the Lynnsport Bowlers for their patience and support during the initial development phase.

Existing Bodyworks equipment has been enhanced with the inclusion of equipment from the College of West Anglia’s former Pulse8* facility. There are now an additional 40 pieces of equipment across the two Bodyworks areas at Lynnsport.

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Lynnsport Open Day

Lynnsport open day

Lynnsport will be celebrating 21 years of helping customers to live life better with a special open day on Sunday 28 October (9.30 am – 3 pm).

There will be over 35 fun health, fitness, well-being and sports activities for children and adults to try free of charge, so there should be something for everyone.

Sports taster sessions include handball, cardio tennis, group fitness classes, football, roller hockey and gymnastics.

The Hangar Climbing Centre, Bodyworks Fitness Studio and The Shed Skatepark will be available to try free of charge during the open day.

Lynnsport’s resident clubs will be performing demonstrations and offering people the chance to take part in games and tournaments throughout the day. Coaches will also be on hand to offer further guidance and know-how.

As well as having the opportunity to try out a range of sports for free, visitors will be able to get advice about health and well-being from the West Norfolk Health Trainer Service and NHS Pharmacies, who will be providing free health checks, and the resident sports therapy practitioner and hypnotherapist.

Children in Need’s Pudsey Bear will be joining the celebrations and staff will be fundraising for the charity throughout the day. There will be a raffle and cake stall and all donations will be welcome.

A children’s bouncy castle and face painters will added to the party atmosphere.

Cllr David Pope, Cabinet Member for Assets, said: “Throughout its 21 years, Lynnsport has strived to offer people access to a huge range of sports and activities and to help them to be active. We’re really looking forward to welcoming both existing customers, who would like to try something new or find out more and new customers to the open day to celebrate everything that Lynnsport has to offer.”

Lynnsport has been counting down to the big day with a series of 21 special offers. Customers have enjoyed a range of free sessions including Tai Chi in the park and a Zumba party.

Staff will be available on the day to answer any questions and provide a tour of the facilities. For more information about the free open day celebration visit:

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Get bouncing for Children in Need!

CIN children-in-need lots

CIN Laura Gallagher

Trampolinist, Laura Gallagher, who is a world and European medalist, will be helping with the campaign.

Trampolinists from King’s Lynn are being asked to sign up to take part in a 24-hour Bounceathon organised by Get Britain Bouncing in aid of Children in Need.

Get Britain Bouncing, which advocates safe trampolining, is calling for clubs, schools and other organisations in King’s Lynn to take part in the bounceathon on Friday, November 16.

Martin Schofield, spokesperson for Get Britain Bouncing, explained: “We are organising a 24-hour bounceathon in aid of Children in Need. The event will take place throughout the UK at various clubs and schools and we are looking for people from King’s Lynn to get involved too.

“All people need to do to participate is hold their own bounceathon and tally up the time bounced by each person taking part in their event. Participants are encouraged to collect sponsorship money for Children in Need. Get Britain Bouncing will tally up the hours collectively bounced and the money raised following the event and a certificate will be awarded to everyone who takes part.

“There is no set format for people taking part and clubs can be as creative as they like with their bounceathons, we’d just like to see individuals bounce for as long as possible and to bounce safely.”

Get Britain Bouncing is a campaign designed to promote the many benefits of trampolining.

Martin continued: “Even though the Get Britain Bouncing bounceathon is going to last for 24-hours, we are not suggesting people need to hold 24-hour events at their clubs. Even if people can only hold a sponsored bounce for a couple of hours during the day or evening then they will be helping to raise valuable funds for Children in Need.

“Get Britain Bouncing would love to hear from any clubs or schools who would like to be involved in the event. It is a really exciting way to see lots of people bouncing and enjoying the sport and at the same time to raise funds for a very worthy cause.”

Children in Need aims to make a real difference to the lives of children in the UK. The charity provides grants to projects that focus on children and young people who are disadvantaged.

Martin added: “Get Britain Bouncing aims to link with many other community and health organisations nationwide to work together to get the nation bouncing safely and we’re delighted to be able to help with the campaign. For further details, people can visit”

To find out more about the 24-hour bounceathon and how to get involved, please email

For further details of the Get Britain Bouncing campaign, please visit or follow the company on Twitter by visiting

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New Parkour Park ~ In sound & pictures



The grown ups talking about getting the money together £90,000! … Listen

The kids talking about how great it is … Listen

Photos and interview by Alan Taylor-Shearer

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Parkour park set to open in Walks

A dream will come true for members of the King’s Lynn Freerunners on Saturday, with the opening East Anglia’s largest parkour facility in The Walks.

Members of the council will be joined by the King’s Lynn Freerunners and special guest Kie Willis to celebrate the opening of the new facility at 1 pm.

After the official opening, top freerunning athlete Kie Willis will share his expertise and demonstrate some of his awe-inspiring acrobatic moves before the King’s Lynn Freerunners (KLFR) perform their own demonstration. The KLFR team, aged 13 – 21 years old, has a repertoire including moves named vault, swing, cat leap and wall run, so spectators are in for a real show of gravity-defying agility. Following the demonstration, people will be able to try the new facility themselves and to pick up some tips from the experts.

The new £90,000 facility will be the second largest in the UK and has been made possible thanks to funding from WREN and the borough council.

Designed to mimic the obstacles found in the environment and to complement the surroundings of the park, the 24m x 11m² area includes a range of vertical and horizontal surfaces as well as an arrangement of steel bars that offer challenge to parkour beginners and experienced practitioners alike. And it is already causing quite a stir amongst the parkour and freerunning community with clubs from across west Norfolk and beyond preparing to attend the official opening.

The new facility will help to cater for the emerging sport, which has become increasingly popular with local youngsters, and provide an appropriate space for them to practise.

Cllr David Pope, Cabinet Member for Assets, said: “We’ve got a great range of facilities in the area, but we didn’t really have anywhere appropriate for outdoor parkour and as it is becoming so popular we felt it should be something we can cater for. Now, this facility will mean that there is, for the first time, bespoke, free to use equipment available for this exciting new sport, giving youngsters an appropriate place to practise. I’m very much looking forward to the opening.”

Jamie Finney, KLFR said, “We were really pleased to learn that a bespoke facility was being created and the final design is great. It can be used by anyone and will be the perfect place to teach people, so we’re looking forward to welcoming new members to our club and training here. People are often interested in what we do, so I think The Walks is an ideal place for this facility – whether people just want to spectate or fancy joining in, we’ll be happy to meet them.

“Hopefully lots of people will come along to the opening. There’s quite a lot of freerunners planning to attend so hopefully we’ll be able to put on quite a show and get more people into this sport.”

The opening event takes place on Saturday 20 October between 1 pm and 4 pm and is open to all.

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King’s Lynn Actress is to start Hunstanton Beach Run

Victoria Bush

King’s Lynn-born actress Victoria Bush, of Bad Girls and Waterloo Road fame, will start the Hunstanton 10-k beach run at 12 noon on Sunday 30 September 2012.

There is still time to register to take part in the 10-k beach run and 2-k family fun run, which will be raising money for the Stroke Association and the Friends of the Queen Elizabeth II Stroke Unit, in King’s Lynn.

Competitors will set off towards Brancaster before turning back towards Heacham and finally returning to Hunstanton, giving spectators on the promenade plenty of chances to cheer on the runners.

The 10-k run begins at 12 noon and the 2-k shortly afterwards, but there will be plenty to do and see from 11 am until 4 pm so spectators and competitors can make a real day of it. There will be a classic car show and a display of VW camper vans on the green, provided by the Cup Classic.

There will also be craft and charity stalls to explore and live music to enjoy. Visitors will also have the chance to try their hand at a range of sports including archery, Zumba, and beach tennis at free sports taster sessions provided by Active Norfolk and there will be a display of BMX skill and agility on the half-pipe on the promenade.

George Burroughs from Stroke Association said: “We are so grateful to everyone who has helped us organise this run and fun day. It will be lovely to see and hear from Jonny Rondo, Norfolk’s own Country and Western singer, who will show that there is life after a stroke, being a stroke survivor himself. There will be lots to do for the whole family, so please come along.”

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, Cabinet member for health and well being and member of the Let’s Get Active committee, said: “Let’s Get Active 2012 is all about encouraging people to make the most of opportunities to get active in west Norfolk. The Stroke Association’s event is a great way for people to get active and to enjoy Hunstanton whilst raising money for a very worthwhile cause.”

Registration for the 10-k run costs £10 and entrants are expected to raise a minimum of £40 sponsorship. There will be a warm up for runners, led by an instructor from the borough council’s Oasis leisure centre, on the beach opposite the Oasis at 11.40 am. All competitors will receive a free t-shirt, medal, water and goodie bag. To register visit the Stroke Association’s website:

The event is part of Let’s Get Active 2012 – a campaign which showcases the range of sports and activities available in west Norfolk and which encourages residents to make regular activity part of their lifestyles in 2012 and beyond.

To view the Let’s Get Active calendar of events please visit:

Hunstanton 10k Beach Run

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Kandoo Club celebrates opening of Paralympic Games

Wednesday evening saw the opening of the Paralympic Games at the Olympic Park in London, and celebrating this once-in-a-life-time event were the Kandoo Club at Lynnsport during their Light a Lantern event.

Throughout the evening members of the club, which is specifically aimed at youngsters with disabilities and learning difficulties, demonstrated Paralympic sports including wheelchair tennis, table tennis, boccia, sitting volleyball and archery.

As part of the celebrations the club took part in a procession around the sports hall to the iconic sound of Chariots of Fire, where they showcased the lanterns that they had been making over the past few weeks along with artists form the King’s Lynn Arts Centre; the evening concluded with Kandoo members and the Mayor presenting the Paralympic flag.

Lynnsport Manager Simon McKenna said “it was a fantastic evening of sport and a great way to celebrate the opening of the Paralympics. The Kandoo Club certainly put on a good show of sport and they showed just what can be achieved with enthusiasm, determination and no shortage of skills either”.

The Kandoo Club meets at Lynnsport each Wednesday between 6 and 7.30pm and new members are always welcome.

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Spotlight on local people … Craig Powell

We ask a local personality a set of probing questions …

Craig Powel

Craig Powell is a local singer who also runs a mixed martial arts gym. We caught up with him during a quiet moment in the gym …

What inspired you to open a gym?

It’s always been a goal of mine to have a place where people can train in King’s Lynn. A proper mix-match gym that does every aspect – ground work, stand up and just putting it all together. So not just judo, not just karate, but everything all together. There are not many places in the country let alone a town like King’s Lynn that have the facilities.

Are you a gym fanatic yourself?

Yes, but it’s more with the martial arts. Martial arts has played such a big part of my life from being a child. I’m 27 now, so that’s 20 years of martial arts from karate and jujitsu and kick boxing. I’ve done so many martial arts. I know how much it helped me as a child. I think it’s something everybody should give a go to see how it helps them confidence and self-discipline wise.

Self confidence and self discipline plays a large part then?

Some young teens come in, where their parents can’t control them. They bring them down here and then they are surprised when I treat them very normal the same as anybody else. It’s a team thing. We all help each other training, and I like the fact that it does help people and you can see it helps people.

Do you cater for all ages?

Yes, we start with six year olds up to… well I’ve got someone who is 53 training – you are never too old. I like training six year olds because I like them to understand a little bit about what they are doing. You can start teaching them the etiquette – just bowing, the respect for me as an instructor. I give them lots of praise when they do things right, and hopefully that will transfer into school as well, when the teachers speak to them. I’m not here to shout at them I’m here to have fun and have a laugh with them as well.

So what can people actually do at the gym?

Jujitsu, which is ground work – arm locks, submisssions, chokes, leg locks. Pinning people to the floor is known as ground fighting, then there are stand up only sessions where we do things like kick-boxing and Thai boxing, which involves the knees and elbows. Then you’ve got wrestling which is how to take someone down on the floor.

Have you found a lot of extra interest since the Olympics?

Yes, new people are literally walking through the door every week. The lads and ladies that we’ve already got have said it’s nice to see so many new people.
With it being such a very friendly club, as soon as somebody new walks in I say to my lot “come on, shake hands and introduce yourselves!” Everybody introduces themselves, everybody has a laugh. When people are grappling each other they tend to have a chat and get to know each other.

Craig Powell live on Top of the Pops in 2005

Craig Powell live on Top of the Pops in 2005

How many people have you got coming to the gym?

We have 30-40 members. We have a maximum of 8 people training in one session, because they will learn quicker than having a class of say 20 because it’s easier to spot the mistakes. The aim for me is just to the get the gym packed.

You are a bit tucked out of the way here, so do people often have problems finding you?

I do find People need to contact me before coming down, and I’ll give them instructions on how to get down here for a free session. It’s a small members only gym. We don’t have bullies – we keep the bullies out.

So if anyone wants to come down what should they do?

Just pop along to the website at to find my contact details, and we will welcome you along.

One of your claims to fame is an appearance on Top of the Pops. How did that come about?

I joined the group Uniting Nations in 2004. I was at Searles Leisure Resort in Hunstanton as their resident singer. Towards the end of my first season a friend of mine from Manchester said he knew someone who was looking for a singer. So I sent them my info and they immediately wanted me. I started recording vocals and they released it as Uniting Nations. The next thing I made a video and we were being played on Radio 1 and all the local stations too.

Then suddenly we get a phone call saying we are going on Top of the Pops. We met Andy Peters who was running it a that time. It was like a dream come true. It was just me singing live – two of the producers stood behind me pretending to play the drums and guitar!

Was that a one-hit wonder?

Well we did have an album of dance music released. Uniting Nations had three top twenty tracks, although I was only singing on one of them. There was a remix of Ai No Corrida and then there was Out of Touch. Although we were big in the UK we were even bigger in Germany, Poland and right the way across Europe.

We still all work and write together. At some point we will probably all get together and release something under the Uniting Nations name again. It’s just waiting for the right time. At the moment with the credit crunch, record labels are not taking on so much music.

I’m signed to Notting Hill Publishing who take the songs that I write, and shop them around to the big record labels like Sony.

I treat the gym as my hobby and my music as my job. I’ve been a professional singer since I left school. “Another day in the office” for me would be doing gigs and travelling all over the country. Coming in to the gym is like catching up with friends, and having a laugh. I don’t see this as work at all.

Where have you been to perform your gigs?

Literally all over. Locally I do the holiday parks in Great Yarmouth, Caister and Hemsby. Also down in Clacton and into Kent and up north too. I did a gig the other week at the Deers Leap in King’s Lynn, which made a nice change from all the travelling!

How do you see things going for the future?

I want to keep singing and really push my song writing. I want the gym to be known as the best place in King’s Lynn to learn mixed martial arts.

As told to John Beck.

And here’s a more recent video of Craig – singing in King’s Lynn town centre!

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Sue’s ‘Racer’ is superstar snail!

It was “Ready, Steady, SLOW!” as the snails set off for this year’s World Snail Racing Championships at Congham in Norfolk …

Sue with her winning snail Racer

5-year-old Sue from King’s Lynn with her winning snail “Racer”

We have an exclusive interview with Sue and her Mum and the race organisers – Click on the link at the bottom of this page …

 A great turn out for the fete & the snail racing world championships

A great turn out for the fete & the snail racing world championships

… and they’re off!

The slithery snails

Thats it, they think its all over!! It is now…

… and the winner is announced!

All photos by Alan T Shearer.

To listen to Alan’s interviews CLICK HERE

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Have a Field Day!

field day

Families are invited to come to The Walks in King’s Lynn to Have a Field Day on Sunday (29 July).

The event runs from 10am until 4pm takes place on the field in front of the Red Mount Chapel and will feature a whole host of activities for all the family.

Have-a-go sports sessions will be running every half hour, starting at 10am giving adults and children a chance to try out rugby, football tricks, football skills and roller hockey stick skills. Salsa workshops and demonstrations will take place at 10am, 12noon, 2pm and 4pm.

The popular Lavender Hill Mob will be putting in a couple of performances at 1pm and 3pm and people will also be able to put their green fingers to work in the Community Allotment by helping out on the day or by bringing seeds and plants to swap.

The activities will be complemented by the usual mix of charity stalls, face painting and refreshments.

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “This event promises to be a fun-filled day of activities for the whole family. It demonstrates just how important it is to maintain our public open spaces for future generations to be able to enjoy.”

Asda South Wootton’s Community Life Champion Tonia King said “This is a great chance for local people to come to The Walks and get involved. There’s something for everyone, it promises to be a great day!”

Have a Field Day has been organised in conjunction with ASDA as part of their support for the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge. As a long-term remembrance of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, The Queen Elizabeth II Challenge invited people to submit nominations for green open spaces to be registered as Queen Elizabeth II Fields in Trust.

The challenge was to secure the future of 2,012 recreational spaces, preserving them for generations as places where people can play outdoors. The Walks is one of a number of green spaces in West Norfolk to be nominated as a Field in Trust.

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Olympic Podcast!

Our intrepid reporter Alan Taylor Shearer was on the Olympic Torch Trail at Lynnsport … Click the arrows below to hear the audio:

In Part 1 Alan interviews the children, and in Part 2 The Mayor and Principle of the College of West Anglia.

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Olympic Torch Relay ~ at Lynnsport

Olympic Torch handover at Sandringham

All photos by Alan T Shearer

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Olympic Torch Relay ~ In Pictures

Helen Dolphin, who lost her legs and hands to meningitis, hands over to Emily Clark. Helen’s chaperone and dog are also in the shot.

Ayesha Copeland, age 19, carries the torch along Loke Road. Ayesha’s participation as a torchbearer is testament to her overcoming a fear of being around people.

Olympic torch - Photo: Jessica Megan

Emily Clark, a doctor whose stories of travel and philanthropy are inspiring, carries the torch through Lynn – Photo: Jessica Megan

Ayesha Copeland carries the torch along Loke Road.

Dark skies didn’t dampen the high spirits on the sponsorship trucks!

Flying the flag – on bike.

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