AN Olympic-themed party went off with a bang this weekend.
Hartlepool couple Victoria and Robbie Auton hosted the “Auton Olympics” that featured sports such as golf, darts, “wall-squatting”, basketball, table tennis and archery, at their Croxton Avenue home.
The fun event was the culmination of a two-week “torch relay” where the competitors took a home-made torch around the town, stopping off at the homes of all the competitors.
The opening ceremony of the day of “sporting action” was opened by actual Olympic relay torchbearer Alan Brown, a warden at Holy Trinity Church, Seaton Carew, who carried the torch in Hartlepool in June.
Team Kenya, represented by Natalie and Stephen Salvin, won the overall title, followed closely by Helen and Adam Wilson representing Spain.
Third place was a draw, with both Steven and Melissa Wright for Mexico, and Claire Salvin and Shaun Atkinson for Australia taking the bronze.
Victoria, who works as a sports development manager for Tees Valley Sport, said: “The day went really well. We had two big downpours, but we just went inside and played the Olympic quiz we’d prepared earlier.
“Everyone was in the colours of their nation, and we had an international buffet too. It was great fun.
“I organised it for a bit of fun really. I wanted to do something to get all our friends involved – we’re all quite sporty people and I wanted to create something we could all remember and look back on.”