Winchester celebrates the Paralympics one year on

Press Release: 05/09/2013

Young adults playing Bocha at the River Park Leisure Centre

Children and adults celebrated the first anniversary of the London 2012 Paralympic Games last week with over 50 people taking part in seven different Paralympic sports at River Park Leisure Centre.

Supported by Mencap Winchester, DC Leisure and Winchester City Council the event was the second of its type following last year’s festivities that linked to the Paralympic opening ceremony.

The morning saw participants enter the pool and attempt to achieve their best times followed by a number of different attempts to achieve times and score points in sports such as basketball, athletics, tennis, boccia, table tennis and football. Gold, silver and bronze awards were given out to participants along with certificates and medals at the end of the day.

The event is part of a continued commitment by the local Sport & Physical Activity Alliance (SPAA), a group of partners driving sports opportunities forward. Part of their current strategic framework looks specifically at disability sport and has included the creation of a new local disability sports forum.

Richard Uren, Chair of the Winchester Disability Sports Forum, said:

This event is linked to the SPAA and forum action plans and is just the start of a major push in delivering more opportunities for local disabled people to access sport and physical activity. It was a great day and well done to all those involved.

Cllr Rob Humby, Deputy Leader at Winchester City Council with portfolio responsibilities for sport, said:

The City Council is pleased to be one of the major partners involved in this project. Working alongside other groups has enabled this to be a huge success and is something we will continue to support. It’s a great opportunity to support disability sport and drive it forward across our district.

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