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Disabled athletes in Sheffield Great Yorkshire Run

Players from the Sheffield Boccia team are taking part in the Great Yorkshire Run. Picture: Andrew Roe

Players from the Sheffield Boccia team are taking part in the Great Yorkshire Run. Picture: Andrew Roe

Disabled Boccia players from a Sheffield club are hoping to get up out of their wheelchairs and walk the last few steps across the finishing line at the Great Yorkshire Run.

The 10k event takes place on September 28 in the city centre and members of Sheffield Boccia are taking part to raise funds for their club.

The club is based at Talbot Special School in Norton, and was set up in January to give those with physical disabilities a pathway to compete at elite level in the Paralympic sport, which has similarities with bowls.

The members are aged between 16 and 38 and all have cerebral palsy.

Coach Mark Dolan, aged 27, said: “We have seven players taking part who are all wheelchair users and 12 runners lined up to push them round.

“At the end some of the players are going to get up out of their wheelchairs and walk the last four or five steps across the line.”

 
 
 

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