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Olympic star helps schoolchildren to keep fit

Youngsters from a school near Winchester will be dreaming of their own sporting success - after a coaching session from Olympic Gold medallist Marlon Devonish. He visited Otterbourne Primary School to talk about his career - and to pass on some priceless tips.

PE sessions are delivered by coaches from R&R Sports Coaching, and when the school was given a Lottery grant for a new outdoor gym they decided an Olympian was needed to help out!

Natalie Boare reports.


Bowled over- Local ladies team wins national trophy

The victorious Palmerston Ladies team Credit: Keith Fleming

Many congratulations to Palmerston Ladies who've triumphed in the final of the Vivienne Trophy.

Having never reached a National Final before, they went to Melton Mowbray this week to play an experienced team from Lincoln- and won.

They're members of the Palmerston Indoor Bowls Club at Fareham who've already had a remarkable season, with the Men's team winning the Hampshire Bramley Cup trophy last month.

This was the first time that any of the Palmerston team had ever played at this level of competition and the first time a National Title has been won by the club and there were hints of a few tears being shed as the trophy was presented.

What a way for the club to celebrate its’ 20th Anniversary this year!

– Keith Fleming, Palmerston Indoor Bowls Club

Brighton Half Marathon course falls short

Brighton Half Marathon course falls short Credit: Press Association

Organisers of the Brighton Half Marathon have apologised after it emerged the course has been 146 metres or 479 feet short for the past three years.

An inquiry was launched after runners reported that data recorded on their tracking devices failed to measure up to the 13.1-mile distance.

UK Athletics contacted Brighton Half Marathon organisers following concerns about last month's race, and it has emerged the course had fallen short by 146m or 0.09 miles since 2015.

The area of concern centred on a turning point just after mile four where the course passes the independent Roedean School before turning and heading back towards Brighton.

We have concluded that the eastern turning point has been positioned incorrectly over the last three half marathons, resulting in a shortfall in the overall half marathon distance. We are devastated that this mistake has happened and apologise unreservedly to all runners who took part in the affected race years.

– Brighton Half Marathon spokesperson

The news means that runners face having their personal bests, records and race times affected. And officials admitted the error was likely to have overshadowed the event for many.

DJ Norman Cook, aka Fatboy Slim, launched this year's marathon, marking the 27th year of the race, which raises funds for the Sussex Beacon, supporting an HIV care centre in Brighton.


Wheelchair athlete ready to take on Brighton Marathon

The Brighton marathon is less than two weeks away. Meaning over twelve thousand people are fine-tuning their training this week. That includes David Williamson. He hit the headlines last year - after being told wheelchair users can only take part - if they're accompanied by an able-bodied runner. He's determined to prove organisers should change the rules. And is hoping to fundraise along the way.

David, from Havant, has set up a Just Giving page to raise money for 21 month old Felicity Gooderham, who has three brain conditions as well epilepsy and is visually impaired.

He's hoping to prove to the organisers of Brighton Marathon that wheelchair users can compete unaccompanied. As well as raising money to buy equipment for Felicity.

Torvill and Dean cheer on athletes

The Special Winter Olympics is nearing its end with just four more days of competition to go.

The event in Austria is for people with disabilities - and has attracted athletes from around the world, including our region.

The figure skaters were in action - cheered on by friends and family and a couple of other familiar faces. Lauren Hall reports.

Medway hosts handball championships

Since the London Olympics, more and more of us have been taking up the sport of handball.

It's popular in much of Europe and at the weekend 74 teams descended on Medway to take part in the British University Championships.

As Abigail Bracken reports.

Abigail spoke to John Pearce from the British Handball Team at the 2012 Olympics and the Captain of the University of Kent Mens Handball Team, Joakin Hauge.

She also spoke to Karim Richani and Mark Ankrah from the University of Kent Mens Handball Team.

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