Over 100 young people enjoy Outdoor Athletics Plus

17 June 2016

Over 100 young people with learning difficulties and disabilities from six Cambridgeshire schools have been sprinting, throwing and jumping in an annual athletics event.


Held at Wilberforce Road Athletics Track in Cambridge yesterday (Thursday 16 June), the annual Outdoor Athletics Plus competition is coordinated by South Cambridgeshire District Council and forms part of the countywide Ability Plus programme.


Competitors from 10 to 19 years old took part in a range of activities from relays, target throwing, shot putting and sprinting. All events were adapted to suit a variety of athletes so that all competitors were able to fully take part.


Certificates were awarded for the Paralympic values: determination, excellence, courage, inspiration, equality, friendship and respect. Medals were also awarded for the fastest time for the 100m sprint in each school year for both girls and boys.


Cllr Mark Howell, South Cambridgeshire District Council’s portfolio holder with responsibility for sport, said: “This event has proved popular among local schools year on year. There are lots of sports and activities out there that can be adapted for inclusivity and this event is a great opportunity to have a go at something new.


“It is fantastic to see young people coming together to take part in competitive sport. There was a lot of talent on show and it was clear that everyone taking part was having a great time. I was really impressed that three year 10 boys sprinted 100m in under 13 seconds.”