2 May

Disability Athletics Champs Are Everyone’s Cup Of Tea

Disabled athlete at regional championships

Young disabled athletes demonstrated their sporting prowess at the Typhoo East Midlands Regional Athletics Championships on Thursday 28 April. For some youngsters, it was the first time they had competed at this level whereas for others, it may have laid the groundwork for a high-level sporting career.

Saffron Lane Athletics Stadium in Leicester was the venue for a successful event with 200 young disabled athletes from schools and clubs across the region vying for those highly prized places.  This track and field qualifier was open to athletes aged 11+ with any form of impairment as part of a drive to widen participation.

It is one of several regional qualifiers co-hosted by the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) and popular brand Typhoo Tea. Athletes compete in these events, hoping to qualify for places at the National Junior Athletics Championships, 2 to 3 July 2016.

Using the slogan, 'Typhoo Sports for All', this joint initiative aims to increase participation amongst disabled people in sports and physical activity. The EFDS is on a mission to ensure disabled people are active for life and this regional qualifier is one of several opportunities as well as helping to identify future talent. It is part of an ongoing track and field programme with a notable aspect; it allows athletes with all types of disabilities to take part, which is not the usual state of affairs at many other events. 
 
This grassroots approach has paid dividends with Paralympians Hannah Cockroft and Shelly Woods triumphing at the 2012 summer games in London. 
 
This event was hosted by Leicester-shire & Rutland Sport who praised the efforts of everyone concerned including organisers, volunteers and officials.     
 
For more information about the Typhoo ‘Sports for All' programme, visit the EFDS website.

Photo courtesy of English Federation of Disability Sport