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It’s only been a few weeks since Euro 2016 and Wimbledon, but the next major sporting event – the 2016 Olympic Games – is already underway, with the official Opening Ceremony tonight.

However, you don’t have to head all the way to Rio as there’s plenty of sporting action to be found in Shakespeare’s England, whether you prefer to spectate or participate.

If crown green bowls is your thing, you have a great opportunity to see some top-class action when Leamington Spa’s Victoria Park hosts The Bowls England National Championships. Around 30,000 players and supporters are expected at the annual event, which runs from 6th August to 4th September. After competing in qualifying events across England to reach the finals, players will have their eye on one of 30 national titles up for grabs.

But that’s not all as there are several other notable sporting events and links in the region.

Anyone living in or near Warwick will be familiar with Warwick Racecourse in the town centre. One of the oldest in the country, the racecourse is rich in tradition and heritage – proudly retaining its historic charm and character. It offers a full racing calendar of meetings between September and May, including various seasonal and themed events.

Those who want to get hands on over the summer months may wish to head to the Fitness Zone on the Big Meadow in Bidford-on-Avon. Completed in May this year, this free ‘outdoor gym’ allows you to enjoy exercising with friends in the fresh air and in lovely surroundings on the bank of the River Avon.

Meanwhile, a gentler form of exercise is available on 12th August at Batsford Arboretum, when you can take part in Qigong for your Health & Wellbeing. Join tutor and author Neil Hall to learn about the Chinese healing art of Qigong, and discover exercises you can do at home.

Last but by no means least, have you ever wondered about the bronze statue of a boxer in the Market Square, Warwick? It’s of Randolph (Randy) Turpin, nicknamed the ‘Leamington Licker’, who became world champion in 1951. Unfortunately his ‘rags to riches’ story ended in bankruptcy and tragedy ­– one of the most tragic in British sporting history.

Let’s hope your sporting summer has a happier ending!

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