Category Archives: London Olympics 2012

7th North London Disability Games

On Sunday 14 October 2018, Rotary organised the Seventh North London Disability Games at the Aspire Sports Centre in Stanmore.

With 12 Clubs working together on:

  • Bagatelle
  • Boccia
  • Bowls
  • Darts
  • New Age Kurling
  • Quoits
  • Stickball
  • Table Tennis
  • Wheelchair Slalom

There was definitely something for everyone.  Our sincere thanks go to Assistant Governor Scott Maclachlan and his helpers who organised the event, and to the many sports clubs that attended.  District Governor Mike Wren was there to support to Clubs and to present the medals at the end of the event.  You can see more photos here.

We plan to organise an East London Disability Games in May 2019 based on Ongar.

Wheelchair Relay comes to Stanmore

The Wheelchair Relay that started in Manchester at the Great Britain and Ireland  Rotary Conference, under the supervision of Ade Adepitan visited Stanmore on 21 April 2017 on its way to the Stoke Mandeville Games.

The wheelchair has visited all the Spinal Units in Great Britain and Ireland in partnership with WheelPower, who were present in strength at Stanmore.

District Governor Helen took to the wheelchair for the final 200 yards, and commented that being in the chair gave her a different outlook on the event and on the world.  Firstly she found it difficult to control – “much harder than I was expecting” – but also, she commented on the fact that it is difficult to look at people eye-to-eye.  That was not something she had expected. She added, “this experience has given me much more respect for those that are using wheelchairs everyday”.

Those attending finished the event inside the Aspire Sports Hall where there was a demonstration of wheelchair-based sports.

London DisAbility Games Video is ready to view!

The Rotary Clubs in North London have taken the Legacy Message from the Paralympic Games to heart, and with Scott at the forefront organised a wonderful event, the Rotary North London DisAbility Games, at the Aspire Centre attached to the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, North London.

Rotary North London Dis-Ability Games BannerA video of the event has been set up on the Rotary in London Website, and can be seen in the Video Gallery section of the site. It is four minutes and forty seconds of your time well spent to have a look at it!

Corks are popping for Paralympics

Fun and Fellowship at Searcys in St Pancras Station

To celebrate the arrival of the Paralympic Games, incidentally established by a Rotarian from the Aylesbury Club – Sir Ludwig Guttmann, Club Rotarians from all over London, and several visitors from further afield, including the District Governor from the Heart of England, assembled at the famous Searcy’s Champagne Bar in St Pancras Railway Station in the centre of London. The evening was organised and hosted by Colleen Doyle on behalf of the London Club and was open to all London Rotarians who wanted to support the Paralympics contestants. The prices at the bar took some of us by surprise, but the fellowship and the shared experiences of the Gamesmakers and the Rotarians more than made up for that. All told, an excellent event of fun and fellowship!

Major Polio Event held at York Gate

Deputy Mayor Nemeth and Dr Sir Liam Donaldson (at right) with the Paralympic Teams from Pakistan and Haiti at York Gate on 30 August 2012.

York Gate played host on Thursday 30th August 2012 for a major event to publicise the work of Rotarians in their campaign to eradicate Polio from the world.

Main board director of Rotary International, Allan O Jagger, supported by a large handful of past, present and future District Governors, and a large group of Rotarians played host, including past Presidents of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland. The guests included the Paralympic Teams from Haiti, Niger and Pakistan (in alphabetical order); distinguished VIPs included Councillor Dr Cyril Nemeth, Deputy Lord Mayor of Westminster, His Excellency the High Commissioner for Pakistan Wajid Shamsul Hassan, Chairman of the Global Polio Eradication Independent Monitoring Board Dr Sir Liam Donaldson (former UK Chief Medical Officer), and Rotarian Shaheed Azeem of the British Pakistan Foundation Board. There were also representatives from the UNICEF New York Office, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Global Poverty Project, and the Rotary supported British Polio Fellowship.

RI Director Allan Jagger addresses the meeting (3rd left) with (left to right at table) Shaheed Azeem, H.E. Wajid Shamul Hassan, Dep Lord Mayor Cyril Nemeth, and Dr Sir Liam Donaldson

Dr Sir Liam Donaldson, in his address asserted that it was impossible to overstate the importance of the dedication, determination and hard work of Rotarians around the world in working towards the eradication of the disease over the past 30 years. He expressed his confidence that the goal would be achieved.

The High Commissioner of Pakistan expressed his appreciation of the work of Rotarians in eradicating the disease in his country, and confirmed that his country’s government were still determined to become polio-free. 

Rotary International main board director Allan O Jagger reaffirmed Rotary’s commitment to the goal and brought the very latest figures to the event. declaring the total number of cases in 2012 as at the 29th August 2012 was just 128 (compared to 356 for the same period in 2011). When the project was started, the number of cases were typically 1,000 every day.

The team managers then introduced their team members,giving a little background about their athletic careers and about their disability. Many paralympic athletes have suffered from polio at some stage in their lives.

The Paralympic Team from Niger pose in front of some of the black and white photos that were lots in the auction held at the event.

The event closed with an auction, to raise funds for the Polio Eradication Campaign, and also to provide financial support for the Pakistani Paralympic Team Members. Lots sold included an autographed rowing shirt, a limited edition print on the theme of the paralympic games, and a large selection of black and white, and colour photographs that were autographed by the paralympians.

This was a key public event to publicise Rotary International’s key role in eradicating polio, and it was entirely appropriate that Rotary in London was chosen to act as hosts for the event by Rotary International. Despite a gusty wind in the garden, all the equipment worked exactly as required, and £3,300 was raised from the auction. All told it was a most successful afternoon that showed Rotary in London in an ideal light.


Rotary has been just been offered the opportunity to work with the City Guides of Westminster during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.  The first request is to partner with a City Guide at one of 3 locations in Westminster on the day when the Torch Relay comes to the Borough: Thursday 26th July.  Rotarians would simply be assisting by offering directions to any visitors who ask for assistance.  We have been asked to meet at approximate 2.30pm and would be required through to approx 7pm. No prior training is required. It is recognised that this is the same date as the Rotary Boat Trip…however the opportunity is promoted for those who wish to get involved in the Olympics and had not planned to go on the boat trip.

The details for the Paralympics Torch Relay and Athletes Parades assistance will be distributed as soon as they are known.
Could you please contact: Rotarian Colleen Doyle – District Olympic Committee- asap for further details and to register your interest


To give us a group identity we are asking individuals and hopefully clubs to purchase a Polo Shirt that has been designed specifically for the Olympics. It is in Rotary colours with a special logo.  They are being supplied by a fellow Rotarian, Frank Power of 1st Direct and are priced at £14 each.  You have to order direct from Frank, contact details are below:

Tel: 01277 811670,  Fax: 01277 811185,  Mobile: 24 hr 07710 414837

Click on the following link for photographs

CleanEvent – Your chance to volunteer at London 2012

The deadline has been extended to Monday 16th April, for any charities that are still interested in increasing the number of volunteers or becoming involved in the Work for Purpose Project in the Olympic Village.  Cleanevent Spotless is committed to assisting all charities who still want to become involved, and as a result are willing to stretch the potential recruitment period out so to give charities a greater opportunity to raise much needed funds for their respective causes.  In conjunction with Rotary International, Cleanevent is also making application with LOCOG for all volunteers involved in our Cleanevent Olympic contract to be exonerated from paying transport costs during the games.  There are no guarantees so, for the moment, transport fees to the Olympic Village is still up to the charity or individual volunteers to meet this unacceptable cost…we are all working on this so please have patience on this transport cost issue. In the meantime keep going with volunteer recruitment if you want.

John PanteliProject Manager, London 2012 Olympic Games Athlete’s Village – Work For Purpose Project, Telephone; 01895 817 900, Mobile; 07769 167