The sun shone as over 450 young disabled athletes travelled to The Triangle in Burgess Hill on 11th June to take part in the Sussex Parallel Youth Games. This Olympic style event, now in its 9th year, is the only one of its kind in the County and was attended by 14 special schools.
The young leaders started the day with inspirational talks from Vice Chair of Mid Sussex District Council, Councillor Reed, GB Wheelchair Rugby Player Andy Barrow and XFactor star Lucy Spraggan. After a short warm up led by the EMDP, the competitors headed off to their sports. MP Simon Kirby sent some kind words of support for those at the event “Encouragement and inspiration come from many sources and you are all an inspiration for others today.”
Sports that form part of the day were Boccia, New Age Kurling, Swimming, Cricket, Tri-Golf and Short Tennis. All of the sports were hotly contested with some fantastic sporting ability shining through from all schools that took part.
Also on the day were the School Games finals for Boccia and Kurling, where area representative teams qualify and compete at a higher level as part of the National School Games programme. Mid Sussex took gold for Kurling and silver for Boccia. Southern took Gold for Boccia and Silver for Kurling with South Downs picking up bronze for Boccia and West Area the bronze for Kurling.
This event is staged each year with the vital support from a few key funders, The Cooperative, Affinity Sutton and Active Sussex and with the management of the event being delivered through Inspire Leisure, Freedom Leisure, Active Sussex and the Southern Area Disability Sports Partnership.
Carrie Reynolds, Event Lead for the PYG said “this event is so special to all of those who are involved and I cannot thank those enough who give their time or financial support in ensuring that we deliver each and every year.”
Thank you to all of those who make the Parallel Youth Games possible; the organisers, sponsors, supporters, volunteers, teachers and of course the participants!