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Published 1st Sep 2011

Group at Clairville Stadium

Budding sportsmen and women are being invited to try their hand at a range of Paralympic sports.

The event at Middlesbrough’s Clairville Stadium on Thursday, September 8 coincides with London’s first ever hosting of International Paralympic Day.

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) will be highlighting all 20 Paralympic Sports set to feature in the Paralympic Games in London 2012.

The celebration of Paralympic sport is also highlighting the sale of tickets for the games, with more than two million tickets being made available on Friday, September 9.

And to mark the occasion locally, Middlesbrough Council’s Sports Development Team is putting five Paralympic sports under the spotlight at Clairville Stadium.

The session, taking place around the outdoor track and field events area, is open to all - anyone with any disability is invited to try their hand at the events between 2pm and 5pm.

Sports being demonstrated by qualified coaches are athletics, boccia, sitting volleyball, table tennis and wheelchair fencing.

Paralympians from our region include: Tanni Grey-Thompson (athletics), Charlotte Ellis (triathlon), Lee Fawcett (fencing), Terri Bywater (wheelchair basketball), Kenny Churchill (athletics) and more recently Jade Jones (athletics).

Councillor Brenda Thompson, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Public Health and Sport, said: “With less than a year to go to the Games, this is a great opportunity for people to get involved.

“The Paralympic Games are a huge part of the Olympic movement and we already have a number of household names in this area.

“I’m sure there are many more would-be athletes out there who would love to try their hand at these challenging and enjoyable events.

“Who knows – this process could unearth a star of the future, but it’s equally a promotion of the recreational and social benefits that sport has to offer for everyone.”

Further information

For further information, contact Sports Development Office Donald Cramb on 01642 515626.

Useful links

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