08:00 Tuesday 25 September 2012

Competitors set a new record for Able Too Games

Written byJOSH TAYLOR

A DAY of sport for disabled people has been hailed a success after a record 85 participants turned up to compete.

Organisers said attendance at this year’s Able Too Games had benefited from Team GB’s success in the London Paralympics.

The Able Too Games are held annually and sports this year included wheelchair basketball, trampolining, football, cricket, karate, swimming, table tennis, badminton and bowls.

The event, for people with physical disabilities and learning difficulties, was attended by Olympic Torchbearer Beryl Horton, Paralympic Torchbearer George Fargher and Mark Fosbrook, a wheelchair athlete who competed in the Atlanta and Beijing Paralympic Games.

Mr Fargher, chairman of the Able Too Games and East Staffordshire Sports Council, said: “It was an exhilarating day.

The message is finally getting out there that disability sports are here for people to enjoy, both socially and in a sporting environment. If you wish you can succeed whatever the level of disability.

“The number of registered participants at this year’s Able Too Games was the highest yet. This is in part due to the Paralympics.”

He added: “There were one or two people there who could possibly go very far indeed in sport.” The day of activities was held at the Meadowside Leisure Centre, off Burton High Street.

Bernard Peters, deputy leader for service commissioning at East Staffordshire Borough Council, which runs the Meadowside, said: “Once again our sports development team and Able Too forum have provided a day of sport and fun for free.

“The Able Too Games were a fantastic day out for all the participants and their families to enjoy.”

David Leese, the council’s deputy leader for partnerships, added: “East Staffordshire Borough Council and the Able Too forum have worked together for more than eight years providing these events for the residents of East Staffordshire.”

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