Alan Gloak, chairman of Somerset sports charity TS5C, organised a glittering reception in Wells Town Hall on Friday in recognition of the achievements of the county’s Olympians and Paralympians.
Guests included Rio Paralympian and gold medallist, Jo Frith; 1972 Munich Olympic gold medallist, Bridget Parker; PO Sean Gaffney, multiple medal winner at this year’s Invictus Games; the HM. Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset, Anne Maw; Mayor of Wells, Councillor Alison Gibson; James Heappey MP; the Chairman of Somerset County Council, Christine Lawrence and several young high-flying Somerset sportspeople from all different athletic disciplines currently supported by TS5C.
In her welcoming address to the gathered guests Mrs Maw congratulated the athletes who returned from Rio with such success, acknowledging the hard work and dedication that it entailed. She also wished luck to those who are hoping to compete in the future and paid homage to Alan Gloak for his enthusiasm and dedication to helping young athletes in the county to reach their sporting potential.
Alan said: “It’s been a privilege to chat to Jo and also to Sean about their experiences of competing on such high profile stages, and I know the TS5C athletes here tonight have found it inspirational. It’s the charity’s 10th anniversary next year and we have lots of exciting fund-raising events in the pipeline. I want to ensure that in 2020 when we are welcoming back Somerset’s Olympians and Paralympians from Tokyo, the room is full of TS5C athletes.”