Disability sport to take centre stage in Leeds

The best of disability sport will be showcased in Leeds in the next fortnight with three events taking place.

The events begin on Tuesday 30 April with a free activities day at Leeds Sailing and Activity Centre at Yeadon Tarn. Running from 1-5pm, the open day will offer children, young people and adults with disabilities the chance to take part in a range of outdoor activities such as canoeing, kayaking and sailing.

A piece of history for Leeds will then take place on Saturday and Sunday (4-5 May from 10am-4pm each day) as the city plays host to its first-ever wheelchair tennis tournament. Organised by Leeds City Council as part of the Tennis Foundation Wheelchair Tennis Development Summer Series 2013, the competition at the Tennis Centre at the John Charles Centre for Sport will see local players taking on those from across the country in singles and doubles matches.

One of eight such tournaments taking place across the country this summer, the tournament is the first step on the path to competitive wheelchair tennis and complements the regular weekly wheelchair tennis and visually-impaired tennis sessions which take place at the John Charles Centre for Sport.

The third event is a Leeds Boccia and New Age Kurling competition which takes place at Leeds Metropolitan University’s Headingley Campus from 10am-1pm on Tuesday 7 May.

Organised by the council and sports students from Leeds Metropolitan University, up to 100 disabled children and young people from schools across the city will take part in coaching and competition in Paralympic sport Boccia and New Age Kurling (an indoor sport similar to the winter sport of curling).

Those that perform well on the day will be given the opportunity to go on and represent Leeds at the West Yorkshine Sainsbury’s School Games in July.

Leeds City Council disability sports officer Ross Bibby said:

“These events will offer a great chance for people to come along and see disability sport in action and also for people of all ages to have a go at some of these sports.

“The profile of disability sport was given a fantastic boost with the coverage and success of the London 2012 Paralympic Games and in Leeds we really want to keep that going and encourage everyone to come along and get involved.”

For more information about any of the events or disability sport in Leeds visit www.leeds.gov.uk/disabilitysport or call Leeds City Council’s disability sports officer Ross Bibby on 0113 395 0159 or by e-mailing ross.bibby@leeds.gov.uk.


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