Rain washes out Paralympic Games celebration day

Paralympics opening
Paralympics opening

RAIN stopped play at Hucknall Leisure Centre on Wednesday when the wet weather forced organisers to cancel a free sporting event to coincide with the launch day of the Paralympic Games in London.

Residents had been invited to go along to the Linby Road centre to experience a number of free activities to inspire them to get more active and to mark the opening ceremony of the Paralympics.

Activities planned for the day included a climbing wall, mini-squash, dance and boccia, but as Ashfield District Council staff arrived to set up the activities, the heavens opened and they cancelled the outside event.

“Unfortunately as we arrived it started to rain heavily and looked like it was then set in for the day, so we were forced to cancel,” said Dave Waring, assistant sports development officer for Ashfield District Council.

“It wasn’t a complete wash-out as there were still some activities and sports taking place inside the leisure centre that people could get involved in.”

Every Wednesday the centre organise a number of Inclusive Fitness activities that disabled people can participate in. These include circuit classes led by specially qualifield instructors, boccia and a swimming session.

“This is a weekly event that is very well attended,” explained centre general manager, Kevan Murray. “They are open to all abilities and those taking part can also bring their carers for extra support if needed.”

The session starts at 1pm with boccia followed by a session in the dance studio at 2pm and swimming at 3pm. It costs £2.45 for the afternoon.

“We have noticed a definite increase in the number of centre users across all activities since the Olympics and I hope this continues with the start of the Paralympics,” added Kevan. “We have inclusive fitness facilities here at Hucknall, including a lift and shower and changing rooms to accommodate disabled visitors.

“I believe the Olympics over the summer has motivated more people than ever to take up sport and I hope this continues.

“We need to tackle the ever increasing problems of obesity in our country. Afterall prevention is better than cure.”

Outdoor recreational activities such as football and tennis can be booked by calling the Council Depot on 01623 457874. Or visit www.everyoneactive.com for more details or call Hucknall Leisure Centre on 01159 568750.

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