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Youngsters enjoy Chorley's own 'Olympics'
7:00am Sunday 19th August 2012 in Chorley
Sporty young shoppers tested their own Olympic talents at Market Walk in Chorley.
Families visiting the busy shopping centre were treated to a summer of sports day which also included a crowd drawing taekwondo demonstration by local youngsters.
To mark London 2012 a whole host of sporting activities including target throwing, long jump and egg and spoon races were on offer throughout the day to keep children amused.
Annalisa Johnson, marketing manager for Market Walk, said: “Many of the families who shop with us will have been watching the fantastic spectacle of the opening ceremony for London 2012 and all the terrific sporting activity so far.
“It was lovely to have our own celebration of the games this week and prolong the fantastic feeling of Olympic spirit which has gripped the nation.”
Later in the day at Market Walk, members of Ellison’s Taekwondo gave a spectacular demonstration of their skills in the middle of the shopping centre.
Martha Wills, 11, from Chorley, who will start at Southlands High School in September, was one of those taking part. She is aiming for her black belt in November.
Martha said: “Being in the middle of a shopping centre is definitely the most unusual place I have done taekwondo before and I have really enjoyed it.
“It was a bit nerve wracking at first with everyone watching but the crowd seemed really impressed.
“Taekwondo is a lot of fun and it is much better than sitting in front of the television. I would love to be in the Olympics one day.”
Ellison’s Taekwondo is run by 6th Dan Eddie Ellison who is in the top 15 for the specialist martial arts sport in the UK.
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