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Olympic bears

03 August 2012

THERE is something about teddies. Even grown macho men still admit to a soft spot for the teddy bear they grew up with - as a Sunday supplement revealed recently. And coming down a zip wire at the opening ceremony of the Teddy Bear Olympics, at Burghfield, in Oxford diocese, was a special and much-travelled bear, Norman.

He has accompanied a warrant officer in the RAF (husband of the churchwarden of St Mary's) on trips to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Bosnia, and is more used to travelling in Chinook helicopters.

As well as all the teddies, there were about 200 people of all ages, with furry and non-furry individuals taking part in the high jump, long jump, sprint, relay, hurdles, obstacle race, beat-the-goalie, and, of course, the zip wire. In case of accident, there was a clinic for sick or injured teddies, staffed by a teddy nurse and a brave Paralympian teddy and his owner, Claire, who was recovering from surgery on her leg.

There was a competition for the best-dressed teddy (above), judged by the Oxford diocesan chaplain for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the Revd Janet Binns, and every teddy (and its owner) received a medal. The event had been planned and organised by three leaders - Claire, Nicola, and Ian, new to the church - who had all been participants in an Alpha course last autumn, and hope to lead an Alpha course in September.


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