The Lord-Lieutenant was delighted to attend and support the Kent Challenger Games which took place on 10 and 11 June at the Julie Rose Stadium in Ashford, bringing together 450 Secondary and Primary School children for an opportunity to really shine over the two days. These children may not normally have an opportunity to represent their school and participate in sporting or physical activities, or may find it difficult to access this type of event due to a disability, medical condition or additional need.

Over the two days, participants were stretched to undertake activities that were out of the ordinary, fun, exciting and challenging, and that gave a real sense of achievement; revealing to each of them their true inner strengths, and to let them know that all things are possible if you focus on the assets you have.

The Ashford Sea Cadets entertained with their musical performance and led an Olympic march of Schools with their banners around the track. The Towers School Cheerleaders gave spirited acts of performance to emphasize why they are national and international champions.

Games Champion and Founder, Winston Michael, said “the Games showcased how incredible young people are regardless of their personal circumstances, and they let us know that our future is in safe hands”.

Winston Michael expressed thanks to his project Team, Simon Dean OBE of Challenger Troop, a community company that works with schools, CSgt Gary Sage of The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment (3 PWRR), and KCC Events Team. The Games has always associated itself with the military and it was a privilege to have officers of 3 PWRR attend. The Games was made entirely possible by 65 people volunteering to help, and to whom a huge debt of gratitude is owed.