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Paralympian's golden touch at disability sports event
12:15pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
MORE than 60 people have experienced a range of disability sports after hearing an inspirational talk from a paralympian.
Stephen Miller, who was born with cerebral palsy before going on to win three golds for Great Britain in the club throw, attended a disability sport taster day at the Mecap centre, in Goosecroft Lane, Northallerton.
The 33-year-old athlete from Northumberland, who has vowed to continue his athletic career despite losing his UK Athletics funding after the body changed its criteria, shared his knowledge and experience as he encouraged everyone with physical and learning difficulties to give sport a go.
The event was organised by the Northallerton and the Dales Mencap Society and Hambleton District Council to mark National Learning Disability Week.
Participants tried sports ranging from boccia - a precision ball sport related to bowls - rounders, cricket and skill-based challenges.
Organiser and England cerebral palsy team footballer Joe McKechnie said: “The day was a great success. Everyone got involved and it was great to see so many people joining in and enjoying sport.”
Mr McKechnie who runs Northallerton Disability Multi-Sport Club on Tuesdays from 6pm to 7pm at Mill Hill Primary School, Northallerton, said anyone aged 11 years and over would be welcome to attend.
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