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Paralympians inspire next generation

Friday, May 17, 2013

Meg Munn MP recently met Paralympians and other athletes taking part in a celebration of Paralympic sport at Sports Fest in Sheffield.  The Sports Fest event was held at the English Institute of Sport and was part of a series of events across the UK, following on from the inspirational efforts of team ParalympicsGB at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

The events are designed to give people the chance to discover what sports might work for them and find out about what’s happening in their local area.  The Talent Team were also present and on the look-out for future Paralympic athletes. Meg attended a similar event before the London games and a number of successful Paralympians in 2012 were discovered at such events.

Sports on offer for people to try out included - wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, wheelchair tennis, boccia, rowing, wheelchair fencing and archery.

Meg said:

“It was inspiring to meet our Paralympians at this fantastic celebration of sports in Sheffield. I was thrilled to be able to congratulate Hannah Cockcroft as I saw her win gold in the 200 metres. Hannah was really friendly and I am sure she will inspire many others to give sport a go.

Being active is important for us all, making us healthier in body and mind. Our Paralympians have proved that whatever your physical disability and whether you are a future champion or just having fun it is possible to take part in sport.” 

For more information about ParalympicsGB visit: http://www.paralympics.org.uk/

To find a Parasports club, all of which have been checked to assess their suitability for disabled people, visit:  http://www.parasport.org.uk/

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Meg with ParalympicsGB athlete Hannah Cockcroft

Meg with ParalympicsGB athlete Hannah Cockcroft

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