Pride in district’s disability sports at Flame celebration

JPCT 26-08-12 S12340622X Paralympic Flame in Horsham. Parade. Front,  Tyler Paul  and Michael Hobbs, -photo by Steve Cobb
JPCT 26-08-12 S12340622X Paralympic Flame in Horsham. Parade. Front, Tyler Paul and Michael Hobbs, -photo by Steve Cobb

The HaveAGo games on offer at Saturday’s Paralympic Flame celebration proved popular with all ages and abilities.

Some of the participants were regulars of the Horsham district You Can Do It disability sports programme. Every week there is cricket, tennis, table tennis, trampolining and athletics in different parts of the district for people with disabilities.

JPCT 26-08-12 S12340323X Paralympic Flame in Horsham. blind football  -photo by Steve Cobb

JPCT 26-08-12 S12340323X Paralympic Flame in Horsham. blind football -photo by Steve Cobb

Some coaches gave up their time on Saturday to showcase some of them.

Laurie Biegstraaten, nine, who has cerebral palsy, was at the event with his mum Natalie, sister Ellie, 12, and his seven-year-old brother Kit.

Natalie said: “Laurie is very much into sport. We do quite a lot of the Reaching Higher Activities with You Can Do It.

“We were the first group to set up which was all-inclusive [for all abilities] and we are really pleased it has been embraced by Horsham District Council.”

Ellie said: “I feel proud that Horsham is part of the Paralympic celebrations.”

Table tennis player Tyler Paul, 19, was the West Sussex Paralympic Flame ambassador, who carried the lantern to the stage in Horsham Park.

Last year he won a bronze medal in the Under 25s International World Junior Games and he hopes to go to the Rio Olympics in 2016.

He said: “It’s been absolutely amazing and I feel so proud to be part of it. It’s a wonderful opportunity to showcase a range of disability sports and it has got people really interested in it.”

For information about disability sport with Reaching Higher Activities email helen.crook@horsham.gov.uk