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Disability sports day an incredible success

2012 Playground to Podium in Cornwall

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 Tuesday May 1, a 'Playground to Podium' day took place at Carn Brea Leisure Centre, giving over 150 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, Newquay Treviglas, Pool Acedemy, St Ives School, Mullion School, Cape Cornwall, Curnow School, Penair 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 and 400m.

Each athlete was assessed during the sessions and signposted to local sports clubs, plus the top performers have now been put forward to attend the regional Playground to Podium event in Exeter later on this month.

Rob Harrison, from the Cornwall Sports Partnership, said: "It was an incredible 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 different events to achieve some brilliant results.

"This is the third year we have delivered an Athletics event for Playground to Podium and every year seems to get better and better, the level of the athletes and leaders involved exceeds itself and this year more athletes were highlighted than ever before."

Sports students from Truro & Penwith College and Penryn 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, for both young people and adults, contact Steve Hillman at the Cornwall Sports Partnership on 01872 323344 / shillman@cornwall.gov.uk