HUNDREDS of young people proved that disability isn’t a barrier to enjoying sport when they took part in an annual athletics competition in Sheffield.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Disability Games was held at the English Institute of Sport, attracting more than 200 students aged between 14 and 19 with varying disabilities.
They took part in a range of sports, including athletics, archery, cycling, basketball, goal ball and boccia, competing in teams of eight.
More than 150 young volunteers and helpers from Sheffield and Scarborough were also on hand to assist the young athletes throughout the event.
The games were opened by Sheffield’s Lord Mayor Coun John Campbell alongside South Yorkshire businessman and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award supporter Lord Kirkham.
Teams were later presented with their certificates by Paralympians following a procession of the teams.
Neil Forrest, director for the Yorkshire and Humber region of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, said he hoped the event would help young disabled athletes pursue their passion for sport.
“Those who took part last time round gained a great sense of achievement and we are hoping the competitors will use this event as a springboard into sport,” he said.
“Most of the young people who took part were Duke of Edinburgh’s participants, and the games offered them the chance to develop their physical activities and gain experience of other elements of the award such as volunteering and team work.”
The award is presented to young people after they have completed a programme of activities.