LATEST NEWS: World record hula-hoop attempt announced for Sunderland Olympic build up

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WEARSIDERS are being challenged to take part in a world record hula-hoop attempt to celebrate the Olympic Torch relay coming through Sunderland.

The attempt will see 3,000 people attempting to hula-hoop for two continuous minutes.

It is part of the Sunderland in 2012 celebration event at Herrington Country Park on Saturday June 16, the day the Olympic Flame will travel through the city.

The current record stands at 2,492 people hula-hooping continuously for two minutes. The world record attempt is open to people of any age and hula-hooping experience isn’t necessary – just so long as people are up for the challenge to put Sunderland on the map as the ‘Hula Hoop World Record Holder’. Hoops are provided on the day but anyone who has their own can bring it along for the challenge.

Sunderland City Council leader Paul Watson, said: “The hula-hoop world record attempt is another great way for people in Sunderland to take part in the Sunderland in 2012 programme and join in the celebration of the upcoming London Olympic and Paralympic Games.

“It is free to register and take part, and we want people of all ages and abilities to take up the challenge to be part of the world record attempt.

“I have had a go myself and I have to admit it will be difficult, but if anything we love rising to a challenge in Sunderland so I am sure people will really enjoy trying to conquer the hula-hoop for two minutes.”

Anyone can secure a place as one of the 3,000 people taking part in the world record attempt by registering before June 1.

Registration forms can be found online at or can be picked up at the following leisure facilities:

•Bunny Hill Wellness Centre

•Hetton Community Pool and Wellness Centre

•Houghton Sports Centre

•Raich Carter Sports Centre

•Seaburn Centre

•Silksworth Community Pool, Tennis and Wellness Centre

•Sunderland Aquatic Centre

•Washington Leisure Centre

For more information call 0191 561 4659 or