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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 to stay open ‘until the government advises otherwise’

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While the news has been a constant stream of closures some residents will find it comforting to know that K2 Crawley and the Bewbush Centre, both run by Everyone Active, are to remain open as long as possible.

But certain measures are being taken to minimise any spread. These include:

  • Reducing group exercise classes to 50% capacity to allow social distancing.
  • Classes to finish 10-15 minutes earlier to allow for thorough cleaning of equipment.
  • Staff to make regular health, safety and cleanliness checks.
  • Increase supply of anti-bacterial soap, hand and surface anti-bacterial spray and paper towels.

Stuart Mills, Area Contract Manager at Everyone Active, said:

“At present, our Everyone Active centres in Crawley remain open until the government advises otherwise.

“Certain changes are being implemented including reducing our group exercise classes to 50% capacity in line with Public Health England guidance regarding social distancing. Classes will also finish 10-15 minutes earlier than usual to allow for thorough cleaning of equipment between sessions.

“Colleagues are also carrying out regular health, safety and cleanliness checks and are ensuring all touch-point surfaces are cleaned regularly. We are also increasing our supply of anti-bacterial soap, hand and surface anti-bacterial spray, and paper towels available within our gyms and are asking all customers to wipe down any equipment they have used.

“We would also like to assure our members that it is safe to continue swimming. Advice from PWTAG (Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group) shows that the water and chlorine within the swimming pools will help to kill the virus.

“As per the latest advice from Public Health England, if members are showing signs or symptoms of coronavirus, we would ask that they do not attend the centre. However, remaining healthy and active is important now more than ever. With this in mind, we are still encouraging our members to keep to their usual routine but remain extra vigilant with their cleanliness and keep up to date with the latest government advice on coronavirus.

“For more information, please visit: https://www.everyoneactive.com/coronavirus/

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