Video: ‘Brilliant’ day had by all, says Grantham’s ‘Local Hero’

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More than 130 disabled people came together to participate in a day of sporting activities in an event organised by campaigner Sue Harris.

The aim of the day was to introduce adults with learning disabilities to new activities and sports, and joining them were over 70 volunteers and 100 carers.

Sporting event at SKDC Stadium for adults with learning difficulties. 372D

Sporting event at SKDC Stadium for adults with learning difficulties. 372D

A number of sporting organisations played a part in the event, held at the South Kesteven Sports Stadium on Friday. Among them were Lincoln City Football Club, Lincolnshire County Cricket Club, English Netball and Grantham Tennis Club.

Sue, who was crowned Local Hero in the Journal’s 2012 Grantham is Great Awards, put on the event as part of her work in providing respite out of the home for vulnerable people at The Meres Leisure Centre, where she is swimschool principal.

She said: “It was brilliant!

“The day was fantastic. We started with a warm-up from Go Dance, which was followed by fun sporting events. This took us to lunch whereby we had a fantastic singer called Derek perform live.

“We then went back to do the sporting events and there was a medal presentation, followed by a final run around the track to the Chariots of Fire music.”

Participants tried their hand at hockey, running, cricket, rounders, football, netball, shot putt, javelin and hammer. They were also able to meet an inspirational Paralympian in nine times swimming champion Martin Mansell.

Another guest of honour was Grantham MP Nick Boles, who Sue says has shown great support for her campaign for improved services for disabled adults.

Full of praise for Sue’s hard work, he said: “Sue Harris is a force of nature. Her passion and drive in promoting sport for people with learning difficulties knows no bounds.”

Sponsors of the event included Rotary, Grantham Log Company, Cut N Clear, Harpers swim school, JMR financial management, East Midlands Sound and Lighting, Floatsation, Heritage Care, Totemic, Asda and Booker.