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More Paralympian support for 2018 Surrey Para Games

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More Paralympian support for 2018 Surrey Para Games

Published at 1:08pm 23rd March 2018.

The Surrey Para Games gets a boost this year, with several Paralympians supporting this year's event.

They will act as ambassadors, visiting local schools to encourage more children to get involved.

Athlete Olivia Breen, wheelchair tennis player Lucy Shuker and para dressage rider Erin Orford will join existing ambassador Rachel Morris MBE (paralympic gold in rowing and cycling).

Speaking at last year's event, Rachel said: "I'm really proud to be associated with the Surrey Para Games. It is such a vital part of development and the benefits should be available for all."

The inclusive, multi-sport event is for children at Surrey schools with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), aged 11 to 15 years.

Run in conjunction with COINS Foundation and The DFN Charitable Foundation, the Games will again take place at Godalming’s Charterhouse Club, on Wednesday July 4.

The event will include indoor and outdoor sports, using a sports hall and swimming pool, and athletics and astro pitches.

Surrey Para Games founder, South West Surrey MP Jeremy Hunt, said: “Stronger involvement from national governing sports bodies and local sports clubs this year will allow children greater, regular participation in sport.

"It’s all well and good putting on a wonderful, annual event but we want children to regularly engage in sport and physical exercise - this has always been our ultimate goal.”

Active Surrey, part of the Surrey School Games programme, have been involved since the Surrey Para Games (formerley the Waverley Para Games) began in 2013.

This year they will work with Hindhead Special Education Needs school, Stepping Stones, in helping arrange the event. Stepping Stones, based in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s former home of Undershaw, is taking a leading role to encourage more schools to take part. 

Stepping Stones will lay on school visits and training courses, with the support of the Games' Paralympian ambassadors.

Surrey schools interested in getting involved should contact Wendy Newton at Active Surrey at  wendy.newton@surreycc.gov.uk

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