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Gold Challenge Report and Gallery

12 September 2012

Find out who topped the medals table yesterday in the team’s Olympic Gold Challenge!

The Cheltenham Town squad showed their Olympic spirit yesterday as they kicked off the ‘Gold Challenge’, raising funds for the National Star College.

The Gold Challenge is the official charity event of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and gives those inspired by the games the opportunity to take on a new sport and raise money for charity.

The Cheltenham Town players have taken on the challenge in association with the National Star College and have been trying their luck at new sports in a variety of Gloucestershire locations.

Assistant Manager Neil Howarth split the squad into five teams of four with a player from each team travelling to a different location to show their skills at Table Tennis, Fencing, Archery and shooting.

Team One: Darren Carter, Bagasan Graham, Jeff Goulding, Russ Penn
Team Two: Alan Bennett, Billy Jones, Marlon Pack, Scott Brown
Team Three: Darryl Duffy, Steve Elliott, Harry Hooman, Joe Hanks
Team Four: Chris Zebroski, Jermaine McGlashan, Shaun Harrad, Danny Andrew
Team Five: Keith Lowe, Kaid Mohamed, Sam Deering, Sido Jombati

Table Tennis

Marlon Pack, Shaun Harrad, Sam Deering, Harry Hooman and Russell Penn were picked from their teams to take on the table tennis at Leisure@Cheltenham.

It was an extremely competitive few hours at the table but it was Sam Deering that came out on top closely followed by Marlon, Shaun, Harry and Russell. Well done Sam!


Kevin Nelson, head coach at Cotswold Fencing Club was the man charged showing Jeff Goulding, Sido Jombati, Scott Brown, Danny Andrew and Joe Hanks how to duel at the National Star College.

They were also joined by Star College Chief Executive David Ellis and a group of National Star students who watched the action from the sidelines.

It went down to sudden death in the final between Sido and Jeff but it was Sido Jombati who took all the plaudits, coming out of top after some fierce competition. Sido takes the points!


There were very different surroundings for the archery boys who were treated to the facilities at Deer Park Archers in Cowley.

Skipper Alan Bennett competed against Darren Carter, Darryl Duffy, Keith Lowe and Chris Zebroski in three challenges, each with different types of target.

After an hour of practice, it was competition time and it was Darren Carter who showed his composure under pressure with some accurate finishing. Keith Lowe came a close second, Benno and Darryl tied third followed by big Zeb in fourth.


The final event took place in the beautiful setting of Ian Coley Shooting, Andoversford where Steve Elliott, Kaid Mohamed, Jermaine McGlashan, Billy Jones and Bagasan Graham were preparing to aim for the clays on the shooting range.

After spending some time on the practice range with instructor Gary Wood and host Phil Coley, the lads took turns shooting pairs from five different stands. Steve Elliott showed his experience with some clean shots but faced competition from Kaid, Billy and Bagasan, who also started well.

The final shoot-off took place at the Olympic layout where Team GB Gold medal winner Peter Wilson trains during the year and it was Kaid Mohamed who showed the killer touch, narrowly beating Steve Elliott by one clay.

The final event of the Gold Challenge will be handball where the winning team will be decided! The date is yet to be confirmed but we'll bring it to you here on as soon as it's announced!

To donate to the challenge and help raise money for the National Star College, please visit the fundraising page by clicking here

We'll be posting videos from each event on Robins Player during this week.  Click hereto check out the lads in fencing action!

For more information on the Olympic Sport Challenge, click here

Cheltenham Town would like to thank the following organisations for their generosity and support in making the Gold Challenge happen.

National Star College, Leisure@Cheltenham, Ian Coley Shooting, Deer Park Archers, Cotswold Fencing, Gloucestershire Echo, ITV West, BBC Radio Gloucestershire, Tim Russon.

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