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Seahaven Para Games – Sunday 13 August 2017

Sunday 13th August saw the sixth running of the annual Seahaven Para Games at the Downs Leisure Centre in Seaford.

Some years ago, Seaford Rotary used to pay the transport costs for the residents at Searchlight in Mount Pleasant, Newhaven to attend a Rotary District Disabled Sports event held in Crawley. But in 2011 we learnt that they found the District Sports too competitive and didn’t want to attend them any more - they would prefer a local, more relaxed event. And so, the Seahaven Para Games was born, with sponsors of Seaford Rotary, Sainsbury’s Newhaven and other local organisations with an interest in this type of activity, and with Wave Leisure organising the whole thing.

The first Para Games in 2012 were amazing. Positioned as they were between the London Olympics and the London Paralympics there was a real buzz of excitement towards sporting events, and it set up a great atmosphere on the day. We even had Eddie Kidd there with his Olympic Torch which he had carried a few weeks before. It was then, and still is, a low-key and non-competitive event, the aim being to provide a fun day for those taking part, with the opportunity to exercise in a simple way.

And so to this year’s Para Games. The participants arrived between 10 and 10.30 am, either by their own means or, in a number of cases, by CTLA buses. When all were assembled Duncan Kerr, CEO of Wave Leisure, welcomed all who were taking part, their families, friends and carers, as well as Maria Caulfield MP, Seaford Mayor Linda Wallraven and her consort Liz Holland and President of Seaford Rotary Mike Roper.

The morning session gave the participants a choice of activities. In the Main Hall we had a Gym Fitness Session, Boccia, High Scoring Wedge, Balloon Volleyball and a demonstration of Sound Tennis (there’s a bell in the ball, which makes it accessible to the visually impaired). Alongside this there was Table Tennis in Sutton Hall and a Chair Based Exercise Class in the Studio. After a lunch, kindly provided by Sainsbury’s, we had Kurling in the Main Hall, with Table Tennis and Table Cricket in Sutton Hall. The afternoon was rounded off with the famous and ever popular Wheelchair Slalom in the Main Hall.

Duncan Kerr and Mike Roper presented certificates and medals to all who took part, and Duncan thanked all who contributed to make this such an excellent day, and especially to all who took part and made it all so worthwhile.

A truly remarkable day, enjoyed by all who took part!


posted: Friday, 18 August 2017

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