Paralympic legacy lives on in village’s sports extravaganza

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WHO could forget the wonderful scenes at the Olympic stadium during the Paralympic games?

Villagers hope to recreate the joy of those two weeks in 2012 with their own festival of Paralympic sport.

Sports star Olivia Breen will be there to launch Denmead Sports Fest on Saturday which will see activities such as goalball, wheelchair rugby and boccia take place at Ashling Pavilion.

Other activities include demonstrations of sitting volleyball, wheelchair tennis and cricket for the visual impaired.

Tony Daniells, from Denmead Parish Council, said: ‘A lot of us went to the Paralympics last year and we were so impressed.

‘There was a lot of talk about maintaining the Olympic legacy and we have got the facilities to do just that.

‘All it takes is a little organisation and Councillor Karen Forster has worked very hard contacting clubs and coaches.

‘It is not just for disabled people. It’s for able-bodied people and people with learning disabilities to watch and join in the sports.’

Local boy James Clowes competes to national and international standard at boccia and he will be there at the weekend to show people how it’s done.

He hopes to achieve selection for the Paralympic Team GB in order to represent the country at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympic Games. James will be demonstrating his skills on Saturday afternoon from 2pm at the pavilion.

Bronwyn Carter is a former world champion power lifter and was athletics coach to the 2008 Paralympics Team GB. Last year she had the honour of being a London 2012 Olympic Torch Bearer.

Living in the Horndean area she is well known locally as a champion of Paralympic sport.

She will be on hand to provide advice on many aspects of Paralympic sport and is taking along her Olympic relay torch available for photo opportunities.

Also at the event – which is on Saturday and Sunday – is Olivia Breen, a Paralympic athlete who competes in sprint events for the City of Portsmouth Athletic Club.

She won a bronze medal at London 2012 in the T35-38 400m women’s sprint relay.

The 17-year-old hopes to be selected for the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games.

Olivia will be appearing at the event from midday until 3pm on Sunday.

The event is free and begins at 10am on Saturday and finishes at around 4pm on Sunday.

It takes place in Ashling Park.

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