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'It's a laugh, the Games help you feel young'.

VISITORS to a Coventry City Council day centre got into the Olympic spirit by taking part in a lots of different games.

The Games with a light twist was the brainchild of Anne Dickinson, Team Leader at the Gilbert Richards Day Centre in Earlsdon.

For two weeks about 70 people from across the city who use the centre in Broadway each week made torches and took part in a number of modified games.

They included ribbon gymnastics, a 50 metre dash, tiddlywinks hurdles, paper plate discus, swimming and magnetic darts style javelin.

Anne said: "Our Olympic games with a difference has been well received and builds on other events we have done across the centre including an Ascot day and a beach party.

"I came up with the ideas for the games that could be played in a way that made sure all the people here could take part."

Jean Smith, one of the service users at the Gilbert Richards Day Centre, said the different activities were a lot of fun.

She added: "It is a bit different and a bit of a laugh which is no bad thing as it helps you to keep young!"

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LIGHTING UP: Torch bearers Len Cheney and Tina McNeil GOOD ARRERS: Josie Booth gets ready for the Olympic 'javelin' event GIVE US A TWIRL: Jean Vincent, Jean Smith and Mary Dunn take part in the ribbon gymnastics MAKING A SPLASH: Eileen Elliott and Marie Pearce take part in the Olympic swimming event
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Aug 20, 2012
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