Pen Pond’s dog walker group raise over £300 for Weir Archer Academy:

By Scott Mills

Weir Archer Academy's coach Jenny Archer MBE presents Ann Capon with flowers to thank the Pen Pond's Dog walking group for the hard work they've done for the Academy

Weir Archer Academy’s coach Jenny Archer MBE presents Ann Capon with flowers to thank the Pen Pond’s Dog walking group for the hard work they’ve done for the Academy

For as long as David Weir CBE and Jenny Archer MBE have been training in Richmond Park whether it be rain, shine or snow, the Pen Pond’s dog walker group have always been there alongside them supporting and welcoming the academy into their community with open arms.

During this time, the Pen Pond’s dog walkers have not only been looking out for our athletes when training in the park but they have also helped and supported both our parents and coaches as well.

At their recent annual Christmas event, this extremely supportive and friendly group of the Weir Archer Academy held a raffle where they managed to raise over £300 for the Academy’s charity.

Ann Capon, who has been going to Richmond Park for around 50 years has followed Jenny and David ever since they began training in the park and was just one of the incredible members of the group who helped to raise these funds.

“Since I saw them in the park, we have always been keeping an eye out and supporting Jenny and her athletes,” Capon told the Academy.

“What she [Archer] has done is fantastic and I feel she is hugely undervalued. I mean you only have to look at what she has done with all the guys at the academy to see this.

“She has done the most amazing stuff and I am not even involved in it that much [in the Academy] but she has just got this calmness and an amazing view on things.

“She doesn’t have it easy either. People may forget that she has got all sorts of things that she is facing as well, yet she is always there putting her athletes first.”

The Pen Ponds Dog walkers at their Annual Christmas Dinner where they raised over £300 for the Academy

The Pen Ponds Dog walkers at their Annual Christmas Dinner where they raised over £300 for the Academy

Ever since Weir and Archer started the Academy in the spring of 2013, many of our senior athletes train in Richmond Park every morning with evening training being at Kingsmeadow Athletics track, whilst our younger athletes also train in the park every Saturday.

With the Pen Pond’s dog walking group regularly meeting at the park’s Pen Pond’s Café where the Academy also meet, an extremely friendly, warm and supportive community has formed in which is something Capon believes the Academy has added to.

“Although we all knew each other before {Archer and Weir], we definitely like to watch out for them when they are training and even look after their personal belongings like their keys when they go out on the roads.

“It’s great because we like looking out for them and we like to be a part of it all and Jenny is fantastic at making sure everybody is being integrated.”

With wheelchair racing equipment being expensive, it can often prevent many disabled children from taking part in sport.

But with the support and help from the likes of such great people in the Pen Pond’s dog walking group, these athletes can get the provision that they need, something the Academy’s coach Jenny Archer MBE is thankful for.

“The atmosphere they have created in the park is brilliant and the support that the group give us every day is fantastic.

“We are honestly very thankful for all the work they have done in helping our charity raise money to help and support our country’s up and coming Para-athletes.”

The atmosphere that the group have created in Richmond Park is fantastic and the help they give the Academy is also very much appreciated

The atmosphere that the group have created in Richmond Park is fantastic and the help they give the Academy is also very much appreciated

 

 

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