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Pupils represent Cornwall as Volunteers at the BT Paralympic World Cup in Manchester

Cornish volunteers assist at the BT Paralympic World Cup

Eight students from across Cornwall were selected to represent Cornwall as volunteers at the BT Paralympic World Cup.

The Paralympic World Cup is a yearly event which bridges the gap of international competition between the Olympics. The event takes place in Manchester and includes Swimming, Athletics, Cycling and Wheelchair basket ball.

The eight sports leaders from Cornwall were all Team Attaches in the Wheelchair Basketball event. Their roles included ensuring there was water and balls for the team, assisting teams with equipment and distributing score sheets to his team as well as helping fellow attaches and event staff. The pupils were away for 6 days.

The atmosphere both at the event and around the city was fantastic. The attaches kept the venue alive at the half time breaks with their version of the YMCA! Officials and teams were amused as primary school spectators mirrored their every move!

Rob Francis, Competition Manager said: "This is a fantastic event and gives pupils an insight into the highest level of Competition. The event was won by Australia, who only 3 month prior had won the Olympics. I was very proud of the students. Other sports commented that they would like us to assist them next year as a result of the job they did this year!"

Luke Hancock from Budehaven said: "it was a very good experience and I am grateful to see how a big event is organised, I also had a lot of fun and enjoyed staying in the same hotel as all the teams."

Jane Cann Community Development Officer from Budehaven who also attended the week said: "they have all got so much out of this experience, they have seen the Velodrome, Manchester Aquatics Centre, Manchester Regional Arena and Manchester City Football Stadium.

"They all did a great job and were praised by both the event staff and the teams for their hard work and the difference they made. It was a great opportunity for them to work so closely with International athletes and to be part of such a prestigious event. It is also an opportunity to see where a career in sport may take you.”