Olympic star Sixsmith leads the 2012 Challenge

By on 22/07/2011 in News

Hockey legend and former Olympic star Jane Sixsmith has signed up for a gruelling schedule of 12 sports in one day next week as Birmingham bids to shake off its reputation as an unfit city.

Together with staff from Birmingham City Council and the NHS, the Sutton Coldfield born Olympian is taking part in the 2012 Challenge as part of Birmingham Be Active Day on July 27 - an activity day designed to highlight the wealth of leisure opportunities available in Birmingham.

Over a 10-hour period they will tackle the following 12 sports for a total of 20 minutes each:

  • Running
  • Cycling
  • Table tennis
  • Badminton
  • Indoor bowls
  • Dance
  • Swimming
  • Zumba
  • Gym
  • Boccia
  • Short tennis
  • Walking

Birmingham City Council Assistant Director for Sport and Events Steve Hollingworth, who will be joining Jane on the challenge, explained: “The idea behind Be Active Day is to highlight the many things people can do every day in Birmingham to lead a healthier more active lifestyle.

“We wanted to lead by example and, as a reward, we've been set a hectic schedule of running, swimming, cycling and other sporting activities. The activities chosen show there is something for people of all ages, abilities and budgets.

“It promises to be an exhausting but enjoyable day and hopefully it will highlight the wealth of leisure opportunities here in Birmingham. We can all lead more active lifestyles and we want people across Birmingham to do just that.”

Birmingham Be Active Day

On Wednesday July 27 - exactly a year before the London 2012 opening ceremony - people across the city are being urged to tell the world exactly what they do to stay fit and active.

Organisers hope to highlight the wide range of physical activities taking place in Birmingham every day and participants will be asked to email or tweet their activities, which will  be recorded on the Birmingham Be active Day blog: http://beactiveday.posterous.com/

From walking the dog, cycling to work, running in the park, going to the gym, swimming or having a game of cricket or tennis, all the activity counts and needs to be recorded to prove that Birmingham really is fighting fit.

Participants can record their activity on the day by:


Notes to editors

The six confirmed participants for the 2012 Challenge are:

  • Jane Sixsmith – former Great Britain and England hockey star who competed in the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.
  • Steve Hollingworth – Assistant Director (Sport and Events) for Birmingham City Council.
  • John Denley – Associate Director Public Health.
  • David Cox – chair of national Cycling Tourers Club.
  • Erica Martin – Coach Development Officer for Birmingham City Council.
  • Sue Bell – Senior Sports Development Officer (netball) for Birmingham City Council.

For more information contact Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

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