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Taster sessions of Paralympic sports 'to inspire' budding disabled athletes in Harrow
More than 100 people packed into a sports centre yesterday to try their hand at Paralympic sports on show at London 2012.
The open day at Harrow Leisure Centre in Christchurch Avenue let disabled people try out sports like boccia, sitting volleyball, wheelchair basketball and blind football in a bid to encourage those enthused by watching Paralympics GB’s success to take up the activities.
The sessions were led by sports development coaches from the Stanmore-based spinal injury charity Aspire, whose fitness studio in the grounds of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Brockley Hill was used by many Paralympic athletes for training.
George Timotheou, sports development manager at the Aspire Centre, said: “I hope this is the first of many events and activities to inspire the borough to fulfil the legacy of 2012.”
The taster sessions, which were organised by Harrow Council, were watched by the Mayor of Harrow, Councillor Nizam Ismail, who said he was “delighted” to see disabled sport celebrated.