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Olympic Housekeepers Win Gold

Coworth Park Hotel in Ascot is celebrating scooping gold and a £1,000 grand prize after being crowned the winner at the first UK Housekeeping Association (UKHA) Olympics Challenge.

The cream of the UK’s housekeeping community turned out for the event, which was held at the Millennium Copthorne and Chelsea Football Club on 5 October 2012.

Each of the 27 teams displayed excellent speed, attention to detail, enthusiasm and competitiveness for the five events. The contestants’ skills were put to the test as they went head-to-head in rounds, including bed making and innovation, toilet roll throwing, vacuuming around obstacles, a knowledge quiz and an ‘eye-for-detail’ round, whereby entrants had to spot and remove hidden stickers in a bedroom set.

Lesley Skelt, chief housekeeper at Cowarth Park Hotel, said: “We all had a fantastic day and, of course, it made it even better when we won! I’m very proud of the team, as was the rest of the hotel when they returned with the trophy, tightly clutched!

“We’ve decided to share the £1,000 prize in the form of a team outing, as we want to make sure this achievement’s marked properly.”

Silver place went to The Mandeville Hotel, London, while The Dorchester, Park Lane, bagged the bronze. All the teams threw themselves into the challenge with good humour and a keen sense of competitiveness.

A ‘Rising Star’ award was presented to Alise Jurane from the Doubletree Hotel in Leeds who showed great attention to detail, passion and enthusiasm for every task she undertook.

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