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Kenyan Olympic team arrives in Stoke Gifford

Posted on Wednesday 4th July 2012 at 4:29 pm by SH (Editor)

The Kenyan Olympic Team arrives at UWE, Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

The Kenyan Olympic squad arrived in Stoke Gifford today to begin their training camp ahead of the London 2012 Games that start on Friday 27th July.

The squad will be based at UWE Bristol’s Frenchay Campus and train on the Olympic-standard athletics track at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College’s WISE Campus in New Road.

The visit has been arranged by the Bristol Kenya Partnership (BKP) with support from UWE Bristol, University of Bristol, WISE SGS, Bristol City Council and others.

The squad includes around 40 athletes, consisting of all the runners up to and including the 3,000 metres steeplechase (the long distance runners will be staying at altitude in Kenya).

The team staying in Bristol includes two swimmers and a female weightlifter. David Rudisha world record holder and reigning world champion for 800m will arrive in Bristol next week after running in Paris at the weekend.

Pamela Jelimo, the reigning 800m Olympic Champion, is another of the stars who will be using the Kip Keino Stadium at SGS College as their training base.

The Stoke Gifford stadium is one of only six venues in the south west that has UK Athletics class ‘A’ certification for its athletics facilities. A £1.3 million investment turned a former training track into a competition-standard athletics ground, with Bristol City Council putting in £450,000 towards the development.

More; Evening reception to be held to welcome the athletes »

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College gears up for Paralympic legacy event

Posted on Monday 18th June 2012 at 5:55 pm by SH (Editor)

Cllr Janet Biggins (right) tries her hand at wheelchair basketball.

A local Paralympian and other disabled athletes gathered at the WISE campus in Stoke Gifford last week to publicise an upcoming London 2012 ‘legacy event’ that takes place next month.

Inspired by the Paralympics, South Gloucestershire Council in partnership with Airbus UK are hosting their own ‘Come and Try It’ event on Thursday 12th July, for people of all ages and abilities with physical and sensory impairments.

Organisers say they want to encourage as many disabled people, whatever their age or ability, to go along and try one or more Paralympic sports.

Each sport will run six sessions throughout the day, in different time slots, so people can come in the morning, afternoon, early evening or all day if they wish – it’s entirely up to them.

The sports – cricket, football, boccia, tennis, table tennis and wheelchair basketball – will be run by experienced coaches from local clubs who can talent spot for the future.

Jo Iles, South Gloucestershire Council’s Senior Sports Development Officer, said:

“From the participants attending we will identify the barriers they face to participation in sports and we can look at how we can break these down. We will register interest in joining local clubs so that we can make sure that the pathways are in place if not we will work with the local clubs and sporting bodies to create new opportunities.”

Karen Butler, a Paralympic shooter from Bradley Stoke, will be taking part in her fourth Paralympics this year. She was spotted at a similar event early on in her career and is a great ambassador for disability sports. She said:

“I fully support the work of South Gloucestershire’s 2012 Legacy. It was at an event like similar to this that I was spotted many years ago at Stoke Mandeville. I wish this type of event had been available when I was younger – I may have got involved a lot earlier than I did.”

More: "A great opportunity," says wheelchair basketball coach »

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Olympus Theatre to welcome ‘The Vampire’

Posted on Saturday 3rd March 2012 at 5:02 pm by SH (Editor)

Vampire

The award-winning Bristol Opera returns to the Olympus Theatre in Stoke Gifford this spring with a new production of ‘The Vampire’.

Nominated for the Rose Bowl Award for Best Opera in 2009, 2010 and 2011 (winning the award in 2009 and 2010), Bristol Opera presents its 2012 production of ‘The Vampire’ by Heinrich Marschner, sung in English with an orchestra.

‘The Vampyre’ (1819), by Lord Byron’s friend John Polidari, on which the opera is based, changed the traditional image of the vampire from a rotting corpse into a handsome, aristocratic, seductive, and amoral character, Lord Ruthven, an eighteenth century Scottish lord. Desperate to become immortal, Lord Ruthven is tasked by the Vampire Master to slay three virgin brides on the eve of their weddings within twenty four-hours to enable him to live another day. The romantic hero of the piece, Lord Edgar Aubry, is anxious to prevent this happening, as the third victim is to be his beloved Malwina. In a race against time, and as the Vampire grows ever stringer, the opera builds in excitement and drama to a climatic conclusion.

The production is being shown at Olympus Theatre on the WISE Campus of South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (formerly Filton College) in New Road, Stoke Gifford, from 9th to 12th May.

Shows start at 7:30pm and tickets are available in advance from Iris Shopland on 0845 8337124.

Related link: What’s On in Stoke Gifford (The Journal)

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