Disabled sports day at the park

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YOUNGSTERS tried their hand at disabled sports at a two-day event this weekend.

Sportfest was organised by Denmead Parish Council at Ashling Park Pavilion, in Denmead.

HAVING A BALL Children try out wheelchair rugby with members of Solent Sharks. Picture: Mick Young (131633-06)

HAVING A BALL Children try out wheelchair rugby with members of Solent Sharks. Picture: Mick Young (131633-06)

It saw around 100 children and adults turn up to watch and then take part in disabled sports.

Top sportsman James Clowes, 19, of Denmead, is the English champion in boccia, BC2 classification.

James, who has athetoid cerebral palsy, was busy showing visitors how to play the game, which is a Paralympic targeted bowling sport.

The Rio 2016 hopeful said it was important to show others what was involved – especially one year on from the London 2012 Paralympics.

He said: ‘We’ve got some people who have never seen or heard of it before now knowing what it is.

‘It’s crucial going to Rio because I feel we need to get it out there and more in the public eye. I’m hoping to get to Rio to play for Great Britain.’

Other taster sessions on offer to able-bodied people included wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, chairobics, visually-impaired cricket and sitting volleyball.

Organisers hope people will set up sports groups as a result of Sportfest.