REGIONAL NEWS: 250 athletes across Yorkshire turn out for disabled athletics qualifiers

Although the weather was rainy, the day was far from a washout with over 250 athletes competing

Around 250 athletes from clubs and schools across the region took part in the Typhoo Yorkshire regional athletics event at the Dorothy Hyman Stadium on Tuesday 10th May 2016.

Typhoo and national charity the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) have teamed up to ensure more disabled athletes have access to participation opportunities across England. The Yorkshire event was one of a number of regional meets taking place this summer. Under the banner ‘Typhoo Sports for All’, the programme aims to increase disabled people’s access to local athletics competition.

Many elite disabled athletes began their golden careers at the national event, which this year will take place on 2nd and 3rd July in Warwick. Paralympians Hannah Cockroft, Shelly Woods, Aled Davies and Hollie Arnold were once junior participants who moved up the ranks to become world-class athletes.

Ian Spencer, from Disability Sport Yorkshire, and an organiser of the event, said:

“It’s been a fantastic day of athletics in spite of the weather. We have seen some outstanding performances on the track and in the field and I am sure that many of the athletes here today will be competing for medals at the national championships. The rain certainly hasn’t dampened the spirits of the participants today.”

 

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Spectators gather to cheer on the young athletes

Disabled athletes at the regional qualifiers are aiming for a place in their regional team at the National Junior Athletics Championships- the programme climax on 2-3 July 2016. Over 250 12-20 year olds will take part over that weekend at Warwick Athletics Stadium, where you can spot future stars.

Last year, thanks to Typhoo, 1400 disabled athletes took part across England. For over 25 years, the National event has provided thousands of young disabled athletes with the opportunity to develop their talent and compete against others from across the country. The full track and field programme means athletes with a wide range of impairments can take part- something, which is not often supported at many other events.

Barry Horne, Chief Executive for EFDS, said:

“We’re delighted to be working again with Typhoo on this much-loved programme. It is always brilliant to see how many people get involved in this athletics programme, both competitors and volunteers. This is testament to the hard work that takes place every year. Typhoo’s support is extremely valuable and will ensure more disabled people use this opportunity to be active for life.”

Teams of dedicated volunteers deliver regional events, including long-term partner Lions Club International.

Regional events run from April to June across the English regions. More information about the Typhoo Regional and National Championships is available on www.efds.co.uk

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