Housing workers pitch in with their own Olympic and Paralympic events

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HOUSING staff were hot on the heels of the London 2012 Games when they pitched their own sporting talents against each other.

The Olympic and Paralympic-inspired event saw Cestria Community Housing go up against Derwentside Homes, Fabrick, livin, North Star and Vela in a variety of challenges, from traditional events such as the 100m sprint, to more unusual challenges such as the sack race and dodgeball tournament.

The event, at the Riverside Sports Pavilion in Chester-le-Street was held to promote exercise and wellbeing among housing staff in the region, as well as building on the existing partnerships.

The chief executives of the associations also battled against each other for the title of egg and spoon race champion.

It was the first time the Housing Community Games were held and all money raised will be donated to three local charities – the Foundation of Light, the Tony Blair Sports Foundation and Daisy Chain.

Cestria chief executive Paul Fiddaman said: “The success of Britain’s athletes at this year’s Olympics is still fresh in everyone’s minds and it was a great inspiration for us as we all come together to compete at the Hosing Community Games.”

The day was supported by sponsors Keepmoat and CTD.

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