Games fan Luke, 10, to hold Olympic sports day event

Wellingborough Redwell Leisure Centre Barnwell Road.'Luke Phillips is organising a big Olympic sports day after he was overwhelmed by the summer game.

Wellingborough Redwell Leisure Centre Barnwell Road.'Luke Phillips is organising a big Olympic sports day after he was overwhelmed by the summer game.

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Ten-year-old Luke Phillips was so inspired by the Olympics and Paralympics that he’s organised a games event aimed at encouraging others to take up sports.

The Freeman’s Primary School pupil from Wellingborough has arranged his event to be held at Redwell Leisure Centre on Sunday, October 7, from 10am until 3pm, where he’ll be encouraging people to have a go at a number of sports.

Luke has already secured the attendance of the team GB Paralympic fencing coach and Paralympian fencer Gabby Down, from Towcester, but he’s also keen to get other Olympic and Paralympic athletes to go along.

Already a keen swimmer, Luke was introduced to a number of new sports when he attended games events in London. He said: “The Olympics inspired me so much that I want to be a swimmer in the 2020 Olympic Games. Because it was so good I wanted to organise a day when we could celebrate all of the success and let people try all different sports that were in the Olympics and Paralympics.”

Luke is a member of the 43rd Northampton Scouts and he’ll be fundraising for the group and for the charity Shelter Box by holding stalls and a couple of tombolas on the day.

Luke’s mum, Sara Phillips, said: “He was so inspired by the Olympics and now he wants to inspire others.”

Anyone who can donate prizes for the tombola can call Mrs Phillips on 07711523203.