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Dozens enjoy ActivIpswich boccia and kurling to mark start of Winter Olympics

PUBLISHED: 11:15 16 February 2018 | UPDATED: 11:15 16 February 2018

ActivLives have kicked off their own winter olympics.   Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

ActivLives have kicked off their own winter olympics. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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Dozens of eager people over 45 turned out at Gainsborough Sports Centre to mark the start of the Winter Olympics with their very own boccia and kurling competitions.

ActivLives have kicked off their own winter olympics.   Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNActivLives have kicked off their own winter olympics. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

ActivIpswich lays on sports and activities for those aged 45 and above in the town, with the aim of getting people into regular exercise in a relaxed and social environment.

ActivLives have kicked off their own winter olympics.   Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNActivLives have kicked off their own winter olympics. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

To mark the Winter Olympics launch, the project held competitions in boccia and new age kurling – a variation of the winter sport for non-ice surfaces.

ActivLives have kicked off their own winter olympics.   Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNActivLives have kicked off their own winter olympics. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

More than 50 people of all abilities turned out to mark the occasion, with medals awarded at the end of the event.

ActivLives have kicked off their own winter olympics.   Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNActivLives have kicked off their own winter olympics. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Sophie Barber from ActivIpswich said: “there is always a great atmosphere with so many people not only enjoying the activity itself, but the social element of these activities we run on a daily basis is a very important factor in the general well-being of the participants.”

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