Support for disability sports at leisure centre in Louth

Deputy Mayor Eileen Ballard joins participants and Nottingham Building Society representatives at the 'Sports 4 All' event on Thursday September 24. EMN-150924-160247001
Deputy Mayor Eileen Ballard joins participants and Nottingham Building Society representatives at the 'Sports 4 All' event on Thursday September 24. EMN-150924-160247001

The Deputy Mayor of Louth and staff at The Nottingham Building Society have shown their support for the ‘Sports 4 All’ Disability Sports and Activities Day.

Thursday’s event at the Meridian Leisure Centre featured a variety of sports including wheelchair basketball, archery, table cricket and football.

John Sharp, chairman of the Louth Disability Forum, said: “It’s all about making people aware that there are so many different sports that disabled people can get involved in. We are trying to get the message out there about disability sport and activities that they may not have known about before.”

One attendee was Mark Conway, who hopes to make it to the Rio Paralympic Games next year in the triathlon.

Since starting the sport a year ago, he is now ranked 3rd in Britain and 15th in the World, and he came 4th in the London International Triathlon Union in May.

The Nottingham Building Society is working with Mark and Sports Aid to help raise £250 to go towards training and travel expenses.

Deputy Mayor Eileen Ballard said: “Disability sport in particular has become more popular since the London Paralympics. Activity days like these are a great way to get more people interested in the clubs that are on offer in our area, and to help increase participant numbers.”