Inspired by the success of National Paralympic Day earlier this year, Hoof, the British Equestrian Federation’s participation programme, is bringing several Paralympic sports together to give even more people the chance to see and try a range of disability sports at the first ever Para Sport Event 2015.
Hosted at Moulton College in Northamptonshire, the free regional event is set out to promote disability sport and also introduce people to para sports by giving them the opportunity to find out more and try some out for themselves. From 9.30am on Sunday 25 October attendees will have the chance to give a variety of Paralympic sports a go including; para-equestrian dressage, para-cycling, para-sailing, wheelchair basketball, para-rowing and archery.
Hot off her success at the recent Para-Equestrian Dressage European Championships, Sophie Wells MBE will be part of an introduction to Para-Equestrian Dressage demonstration which will include a display from riders currently training and competing within the British Dressage and Riding for the Disabled competition structure.
Sophie commented on the importance of events for para sports; “Lots of people will see disability sports but not know how they can get involved, that is the biggest hurdle, there are lots of sports out there and this gives people the opportunity to try different sports. This event allows that flexibility, you don’t have to just pick one sport you can do a variety, which is why events like this are so important.
“It draws on the legacy of London 2012, but over time interest does start to fade so these events are really important, it gives people the opportunity to see different sports and to give them a go.”
Following the triumph of National Paralympic Day Sarah Chambers, Project Manager for National Paralympic Day at the British Paralympic Association, praised the initiative aimed at bringing para sports to even more people; “It’s absolutely fantastic that these sports are getting into the spirit of National Paralympic Day. National Paralympic Day gives people the opportunity to celebrate what they love about the Paralympics and I think that this event fits the bill perfectly.
“It is a fun way for people of all ages to show their support for the Paralympics and disability sport.”
It is hoped that the inaugural regional Para Sport Event will mark the start of a regular, more wide spread celebration of para sport, encouraging the increased access and participation of disability sports throughout the country.
Admission to this interactive day packed with information and detail about disability sport is free! More information about the day can be found at http://www.bef.co.uk/Detail.aspx?page=ParaSportEvent2015
To sign up for free tickets please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/para-sport-event-tickets-18713755346