Disabled young people get ready for annual aqua festival

Caption: Swimmer Danielle Bailey, 15, who took part in last year's event, receives her 2014 Leeds Sports Award from Jane Tesseyman of award sponsor Est Display Ltd. Picture by SWPix.com

Disabled youngsters from across Leeds will be making a splash next week at the annual Leeds Disability Aqua Festival.

Young people aged 11 to 19 from schools and learning centres across the city will be at the John Charles Centre for Sport on Monday for this year’s event.

Swimmers will get the chance to take part in activities, races and games, while talent spotters from the centre’s world class coaching team will also be on hand in a bid to pick out potential stars of the future.

Organised by Leeds City Council and the Leeds School Sport Partnership, the festival is now in its fifth year.

Councillor Lucinda Yeadon, Leeds City Council's executive member for leisure and skills, said:

“The Leeds Disability Aqua Festival is always a really exciting and fun day for everyone involved and gives young people of different ages and abilities the chance to get together and enjoy the fabulous facilities at the John Charles Centre.

“It also gives our top team of coaches the chance to run an expert eye over some talented young swimmers who could then go on to be part of club, regional and national squads.”

In previous years, the talent spotting session has seen young people assessed by instructors at the centre, as well as the regional disability swimming officer for the Amateur Swimming Association.

Those who are picked out by the coaches will be signposted to a range of chances to progress with club, regional and national squads.

Councillor Jane Dowson, the council’s deputy executive member for children’s services will be attending Monday’s event.

She added: “I’m really looking forward to Monday’s event and I’m sure the children who attend will really enjoy themselves too.

“The Disability Aqua Festival is a great example of Leeds being a child friendly and inclusive city for all our youngsters no matter what their age or ability.”

Past participants in the festival have included Danielle Bailey, 15, a pupil at Prince Henry’s Grammar School in Otley.

Danielle ranks among the best swimmers in the world in a number of disciplines and was awarded Young Disability Sportsperson of the Year at the recent Leeds Sports Awards.

Those taking part in Monday’s event will also be given Leeds School Games medals.

For further information on disability sport opportunities in Leeds please contact Ross Bibby on 0113 395 0159 or email ross.bibby@leeds.gov.uk


For more details, contact:

Stuart Robinson

Communications Officer

Leeds City Council

Tel: 0113 224 3937

Email: stuart.robinson@leeds.gov.uk