Take part in Paralympic sports in Portsmouth this week

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PORTSMOUTH City Council is offering free active taster sessions this week for people who are inspired by the Paralympic Games.

The nation has been transfixed by the sporting achievements of athletes taking part in exciting Paralympic events such as goalball, sit-down volleyball, basketball and swimming.

Participants can have a go at sitting volleyball and tennis tomorrow and the visually impaired can enjoy rowing on Thursday.

Rowing machines and blindfolds will be provided by the Mountbatten Centre in Alexandra Park.

Activities include finding out if rowing blindfolded for five minutes makes the activity seem longer or shorter.

Running and wheelchair races take place on Friday.

The activities are for both able-bodied and disabled people.

Craig Willcock, cultural development officer at the council, said: ‘This week, Guildhall Square will have a great atmosphere so come along and get involved.

‘You might be really good at some of the activities, but you won’t know unless you give it a go.

‘The London 2012 Games are coming to an end, so whilst you’re in the sporting spirit, get involved and get active this week.’

Each session takes place from noon to 2pm up until Friday.