Curling star Eve Muirhead dropped in on Sheffield to help club members brush up on their skills on the ice.
The 23-year-old world women’s curling champion, from Perth in Scotland, joined more than 40 curlers and ice skaters with disabilities, at part of It’s My Life’s Curling Club at iceSheffield, Attercliffe.
The visit was part of Join in 2013, a summer of events hosted by sports clubs and community groups to encourage people to get involved.
Eve said: “Join In is incredibly important.
“It will provide a catalyst to encourage communities to find out more about, and get involved in, their local sports clubs and initiatives.
“I encourage as many people as possible, regardless of whether they want to participate or volunteer, to find out about Join In events in their area and get involved.
“They will find it hugely rewarding if they do.”
Eve provided a masterclass in curling at the event, which encouraged ‘people with disabilities to have a go on the ice, develop new skills, build confidence and make new friends’.
It’s My Life, based on Burton Street, Hillsborough, Sheffield, ‘provides therapeutic needs’ for people across the city.
Jane Hobson, from the organisation, said: “The focus of the event was to demonstrate how inclusive activities on ice can be.
“Sharing our curling club with Join In and having an inspirational athlete like Eve to help raise our profile has been a great opportunity for us and we hope it will encourage more people to participate.”
It’s My Life’s curling club meets on Mondays during term-time at iceSheffield, at 10.30am. For details, see www.itsmylifeuk.com
Join In runs until Monday, September 9, a year since the London 2012 Paralympics closing ceremony.
Alice Hunt, Join In chief executive officer, said: “The goal of ‘Join In’ is to encourage people to get involved with their sport club and community group.”