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The sporting elite celebrated at K2 Crawley

“Crawley’s Sporting Excellence” have been honoured by Crawley Borough Council and Everyone Active on a wall at K2 Crawley.

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(From left to right) Steve Arneil, Mick Jones, Mick Leigh, Nick Buckfield and Clive Southgate.

At the leisure centre’s opening day event on Saturday (16 March), Deputy Mayor of Crawley, Councillor Tahira Rana, and Cabinet member for Wellbeing, Councillor Chris Mullins unveiled the feature wall to invited VIPs.

  • Steve Arneil, karate
  • Nick Buckfield, pole vault
  • Paulo Da Silva, Muay Thai
  • Sharron Davies MBE, swimming
  • Katie-George Dunlevy, cycling
  • Sally Gunnell OBE, hurdles
  • Mick Jones, hammer throw
  • Jade Lally, discuss
  • Mick Leigh, judo
  • Alan Minter, boxing
  • Gareth Southgate OBE, football
  • Daley Thompson CBE, decathlon
  • Zara Williams, swimming

 Each sporting hero is presented on the wall with a graphical portrait and information plaque, outlining their career highlights.

They have all been held up against a set criteria: outstanding contribution to their sport, namely coaches achieving great success at elite level or sportspeople creating iconic moments.

Cllr Chris Mullins opening the wall with (from left to right) Deputy Mayor of Crawley, Councillor Tahira Rana; Steve Arneil; Mick Jones; Nick Buckfield; Mick Leigh and Clive Southgate.

Councillor Chris Mullins said:

“Crawley has a rich sporting history and our feature is a great way of highlighting the achievements of our sportspeople. We hope the “wall of fame” at K2 Crawley will inspire the next generation to give sport a try and inform people of the successes that have come out of Crawley.

We understand that we may not have represented everyone in this initial stage but we plan to keep adding to the wall, so if you have any sporting suggestions – let us know!”


Gareth Southgate OBE, manager of the England national football team, said:

“Crawley has a proud sporting tradition and produces a great number of sportsmen and women who compete nationally and internationally. 

“Underpinning these achievements, many Crawley residents are actively engaged as coaches, volunteers, participants, administrators and spectators. I am proud to have grown up in Crawley where sport plays such an important role in the local community. “

Katie-George Dunlevy, Paralympic cyclist, said:

“Sport not only gave me a life beyond my wildest dreams but it has also saved it. I was diagnosed visually impaired at aged 11 with a progressive degenerative eye condition and faced with a potentially bleak future. However, when I found sport, I found a passion and a drive to be the best I could possibly be.

“Living and training in and around Crawley all my life, I work extremely hard and K2 Crawley is where I do a lot of my work towards becoming the current Paralympic and World Champion that I am. I now travel the world doing what I do. I am immensely proud, as are my family and the sporting community in Crawley.”


If you want to make suggestions for the next phase of selection, email communications@crawley.gov.uk

Every nomination will be considered against the criteria.

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K2 Crawley open day a huge success with thousands attending

I’m a celebrity star Fleur East was on hand to welcome the local community to the free family open day at the K2 Crawley.

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The singer and songwriter took part in a question and answer session before meeting and greeting her fans on site. She took part in gym challenges before drawing the raffle for one lucky Crawley resident.

“It was really nice to meet everybody that came down to K2 Crawley,” East said. “I want to thank everyone for coming and hope they all had a great day.”

Over 7,000 people came through the doors at the K2 Crawley to experience the fantastic facilities on offer including swimming and diving lessons, soft play, badminton and fencing.

European Champion Eden Cheng helped coach children in the diving lessons before showcasing her world leading skills from the 5m board.

“Sometimes it’s hard to believe that I can be inspirational to others,” Cheng said. “Thank you to the students, parents and staff for making me feel so welcome.”

Darryl Keech, Everyone Active contract manager, said: “It was a fantastic event and I was pleased to see so many people come to the K2 Crawley on Saturday.

“Fleur [East] and Eden [Cheng] were great and it was great to see so many of their fans come to see them.

“I hope that the local community enjoyed using the facilities and found a new activity they enjoy doing.”

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