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Disability Sports Day an incredible success

Playground 2 Podium (c) Mary Neale

Last week pupils of all abilities from around the county put their athletic skills to the test at an exciting multi sports event, organised by the Cornwall Sports Partnership.

On Friday May 6, a 'Playground to Podium' day took place at Carn Brea Leisure Centre, giving over 50 young Cornish athletes, with either a sensory, physical or learning disability, the opportunity to compete against their peers.

Playground to Podium is an exciting project from Sport England and the English Federation of Disability Sport, and coordinated locally by the Cornwall Sports Partnership, designed to spot potential talent in young disabled children and give them the opportunity to become successful athletes.

Pupils from Callington School, Looe School, Newquay Tretherras, Newquay Treviglas, Pencalenick, Pool School, St Ives School, Mullian School, and Pencalenick School, amongst others, enjoyed a whole day of activities, including: javelin, shot, long jump and high jump, as well as the option to run in two track events: 70m, 70m assisted, 100m, 100m assisted, 200m and 400m.

Each athlete was assessed during the sessions and signposted to local sports clubs, plus the top 18 performers were put forward to attend the regional Playground to Podium event in Exeter on May 18.

Steve Hillman, from the Cornwall Sports Partnership, said: "It was a fantastic day and, judging by the faces on the athletes, they had a wonderful time taking part. Every athlete that attended put one hundred and ten percent into the activities resulting in some great results.

"Eighteen individual have also been highlighted to go onto represent Cornwall at the regional finals in Exeter on the 18th May which goes to show that we have some real talent in Cornwall and we wish them all the very best!"

Sports students from Cornwall College and Truro & Penwith College helped on the day; assisting in the delivery of the sessions, refereeing and by providing one to one support and encouragement to the youngsters.

If you would like to find out more about disability sports opportunities in Cornwall, contact Steve Hillman at the Cornwall Sports Partnership on 01872 323344 / shillman@cornwall.gov.uk