2012 SEAHAVEN PARA GAMES SUCCESS
September 3 2012.
Just ten days before the Paralympic Games began in London, the Downs Leisure Centre in Seaford played host to the second annual Seahaven Para Games.
The event was opened in spectacular style by Eddie Kidd as he waved the games open with his Olympic Torch. Eddie then spent the morning supporting participants in their endeavours.
26 participants pitted themselves against each other and took on the discipline of four events over the day.
The morning saw attendees take on a session of New Age Kurling, facilitated by Seaford Kurlers, followed by a wheel chair basketball session that was introduced by Jan Haydock giving a demonstration, and participants then getting to have a go at a number of skills themselves.
After a buffet lunch, during which supporters of the Para Games - Community Games, Sainsbury's, Seaford Rotary Club and Wave Leisure Trust - chatted with participants and gained an insight into the kinds of activities that they would like to see in future years; the participants returned to complete two further sports.
Boccia was facilitated by Lewes Boccia Club, followed by a rather exciting wheelchair slalom.
The day ended with a presentation of certificates of attendance from the Mayor of Seaford, Cllr. Linda Wallraven, and 2012 Paralympics badges courtesy of Sainsbury's.
Peter Crowley, managing director of Wave Leisure said: "We are honoured to be able to host the Seahaven Para Games for a second year at the Downs Leisure Centre. This is a further demonstration of our commitment to inspiring active lifestyles and brings physical activity to all corners of our community, ensuring that participation happens in a fun and enjoyable way."
Paul Vaesen, president of the Rotary Club of Seaford said: "We are delighted that these games are able to go ahead with the support of the Rotary Club of Seaford . Being able to provide the Seahaven Para Games for the area means that not only are we able to offer our residents the opportunity to compete in a variety of events, but we are also able to invite local teams to challenge themselves."
Angus Murray, store manager for Sainsbury's Newhaven Harbour said: "As a part of corporate commitment to the 2012 Paralympic Games, we are delighted to be able to bring the spirit of the Games closer to home. Days such as this ensure that the Paralympic values - courage, determination, inspiration and equality - are readily evident for all to see."