TO these talented young athletes the competition was every bit as important as the Olympics.
Step forward the 100 or so blind and partially sighted children and young people who travelled to Sheffield for the Action for Blind People Athletics, which brought together budding athletes aged from four to 16.
Each was a member of a team representing towns and cities across the North of England and the Midlands.
The youngsters are all members of Actioneers Clubs, invited to compete at the English Institute of Sport in Coleridge Road, Attercliffe.
South Yorkshire athletes included Chelsea Aheran, aged 12, from Birley, Sophie Brown-Skinner, 14, from Loxley and Connor Adams, 14, from Kiveton Park.
Action for Blind People development manager Lesley Inganni said: “Many of the children don’t get to participate in sport at all outside of their local Actioneers Clubs.
“This was an opportunity to sample a range of sports for the first time, helping them to understand that sight loss isn’t a barrier to fun, competitions and social activities.
“This was our fifth event and every year it gets bigger and better.”