|Greater Manchester Disability Games 2013
YOUNGSTERS from across the region enjoyed a variety of sports competitions at this year’s Greater Manchester Disability Games.
Organised by leisure and culture provider WLCT and held at Leigh Sports Village, more than 400 disabled athletes from Bolton, Oldham, Rochdale, Wigan, Tameside, Manchester, Salford, Trafford and Stockport competed for a chance to be named the best borough in Greater Manchester.
The 11 to 16-year-olds competed in wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, goalball (a team sport for visually impaired athletes), tag rugby, football, Boccia and athletics.
The results were as follows:
- Firwood School in Bolton won goalball and football
- Melland School in Manchester won tag rugby
- Hope School in Wigan won Boccia
- Redwood School in Rochdale won Athletics
Stuart Murray, Chief Executive at WLCT said: “Grass roots events like this really do highlight the amount of talented athletes in Greater Manchester. This is the fourth year we’ve held the games and it has grown each year.
“This time we delivered more sports than ever before with the introduction of wheelchair basketball and goalball. Wheelchair Basketball has become really popular in the last few years, especially since the 2012 Paralympics, and like all the events on Friday was hotly contested!”
The Mayor of Wigan, Councillor Billy Rotherham, said: “What a fantastic event this was, I thoroughly enjoyed watching our youngsters take part in the games. Their enthusiasm and energy was a joy to watch and I’d like to say a big well done to all those who took part – they did their boroughs proud.”
Cllr Chris Ready, Cabinet member for Leisure and Culture, said: “I am delighted that Wigan hosts for this fantastic day of sporting fun and we enjoyed welcoming competitors from across the region.”
All those participating will receive a t-shirt and medal with trophies awarded to the winning borough in each discipline.
Many VIPs from across the region will be in attendance on the day to make it even more special for the young people competing.
The event is supported by GreaterSport and StreetGames.
WLCT Sports Development run a number of initiatives for disabled youngsters, including a series of multi sports camps to be run over the summer holidays.
For more information visit www.wlct.org.