Mid Wales

Man behind World Alternative Games praised by PM

The World Bog Snorkelling Championships Image copyright PA
Image caption The World Bog Snorkelling Championship is one of the annual events staged in Llanwrtyd Wells

The man who brought bog snorkelling and gravy wrestling to a mid Wales town has been recognised by Prime Minister David Cameron.

Gordon Green, who created the World Alternative Games in Llanwrtyd, has received a Point of Light Award, which recognises outstanding volunteers.

Mr Cameron said Mr Green had help put Britain's smallest town on the map.

The event, inspired by the London 2012 Olympic Games, attracts thousands of people to the area every year.

Mr Green, who is also behind the annual Man versus Horse event which has been running since 1975, came up with the unique championship to raise the profile of the town and boost tourism.

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Image caption Gordon Green said he was delighted to received the award and thanked the events volunteers

Since 2012 it has offered competitors the opportunity to take part in wacky activities such as finger jousting, hay bale tossing, wife carrying and space hopper racing.

This year's games attracted over 6,000 participants from all over the world - a higher figure than the town's own population.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: "Gordon's wonderfully bizarre Alternative Games has given Llanwrtyd an incredible boost, bringing in thousands of participants and spectators and generating a real sense of community."

Gordon is the 115th winner of the new Points of Light award, which was developed in partnership with a scheme of the same name in the US.

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Image caption Hay bale throwing was a popular event at this year's games

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