Inspirational Olivia to open Cowdray Park fun run


INSPIRATIONAL sportswoman Olivia Breen will be opening the Dame Vera Lynn Trust halloween fun run at Cowdray Park on November 1.

Olivia, who is an ambassador for the trust, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

Despite her physical challenges, she became a Paralympic athlete and competes for Team GB in the 100m, long jump and 4 x 100m relay.

She also competed in the London 2012 Paralympics, winning a bronze medal, and is ranked fifth in the world in her class at the tender age of 17. In 2012 she was shortlisted for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year and the Welsh Young Sports Personality of the Year. She was also highly commended in the Aviva Daily Telegraph Young Persons award for excellence in disability sport 2012 and received the Hampshire junior disability sportsperson award in 2013.

She recently visited the Dame Vera Lynn school to see the children and events fundraiser Catherine Bristow said: “She was just a ray of sunshine, so interested in the children and the parents’ stories, she really was a true inspiration.”

Olivia is appealing to members of the public to turn out to support the event on November 1.

There are two unique events taking place including a family 1.5k fun run orwalk in the afternoon and an 
adult (over 16 years) 5k night-time run and walk with the Cowdray Ruins as the backdrop.

To register visit and select charity challenges or email or contact the charity direct on 01403 780444 or email