Paralympic spirit lives on at Barnsley games

Rotary District 1270 Disability Games 2013 at Barnsley Metrodome.....Robin Mason,Rotary District 1270 Governor(right) with winning medalists from the Barnsley Horizon Community College team
Rotary District 1270 Disability Games 2013 at Barnsley Metrodome.....Robin Mason,Rotary District 1270 Governor(right) with winning medalists from the Barnsley Horizon Community College team
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THE spirit of London’s 2012 Paralympic games was recreated in South Yorkshire when hundreds of disabled people gathered for a day of sporting competition.

Barnsley Metrodome hosted the 2013 Rotary Disability Games yesterday, which are held annually at a venue in the Yorkshire region.

The games were being held in South Yorkshire for the first time, with the event organised by Barnsley Rockley Rotary Club.

Organiser Kathy Markwick, who works for HSBC bank in Sheffield, said: “It’s been a fantastic day. We were delighted to be able to host the games which recreated the spirit of the Paralympics and had competitors from across the region.

“Many of those taking part were from Sheffield, Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham but there were also many more from further afield - the rest of Yorkshire and also north Lincolnshire.”

Competitors took part in a wide range of sports - archery, boccia, curling, darts, rifle shooting, snooker, swimming, table tennis, weight lifting and even wheelchair racing.

Kathy said: “We were delighted with the turnout.

“We were very proud to be chosen to host the games and are delighted that we will also hold them for a second time next year.”

She added: “We would like to thank our sponsors, Irwin Mitchell and B.Braun medical supplies, which funded the cost of putting on the games, as well as those people who helped organise the day’s competitions.”

Medals were awarded at the end of the games yesterday afternoon.

Disabled table tennis player Sue Gilroy, and Karen Darke, silver medallist in the Paratriathlon in London last year, were invited to do the honours.

Barnsley-based Sue, who has competed at four Paralympics and also won a world championship medal, said: “The disability games have been fabulous.

“Events such as this provide inspiration for disabled people and it was great to see the competition.”