Brownies put their spin on Olympics

Herald Series: Olympic torchbearer Malcolm Fretter with members of the 8th Abingdon Brownie Pack Buy this photo » Olympic torchbearer Malcolm Fretter with members of the 8th Abingdon Brownie Pack

IF THE 8th Abingdon Brownie Pack organised the Olympics, it would have all been spaghetti throwing and hula hooping.

The group celebrated its summer holiday with an alternative Olympics-themed weekend at Snell’s Hall in East Hendred.

As well as organising unusual activities for each of the countries taking part – such as Italian spaghetti throwing, Mexican Pinata, and Japanese arm wrestling – the girls met with Olympic torchbearer Malcolm Fretter, a paraplegic who lit the cauldron at the culmination of Oxfordshire’s torch celebrations in South Park.

Pack leader Nicola Dixey said: “We had a lot of fun and did a lot of silly activities.

“Each of the girls was dressed in the colours of the countries taking part and we made up events for them to get involved in.

“We’ve met Malcolm before when we did the disability badge. The girls had lots of questions for him about how he coped.”

Zoe Healy, 10, from Radley, will move up to the Guides this year.

She said: “I will be so sad to leave. I’ve had so much fun with the Brownies.”

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