Children enjoy Paralympics in countdown to 2012

Pupils attending the Berwickshire Paralympics at Berwick High School
Pupils attending the Berwickshire Paralympics at Berwick High School

Children from across Berwickshire have been getting into the spirit of London 2012, by taking part in the region’s second ‘Paralympics’.

With just 160 days to go until the 2012 Paralympic Games, 21 children competed in the Berwickshire Paralympics, held in Duns last week.

Sam Fisher from Greenlaw taking part in the Berwickshire Paralympics hosted at Berwickshire High School

Sam Fisher from Greenlaw taking part in the Berwickshire Paralympics hosted at Berwickshire High School

The event was organised by Borders Sport and Leisure Trusts (BSLT) Active Schools coordinators and gave children from local schools the chance to try out a range of activities and develop their skills.

Children from Berwickshire High School, Chirnside Primary Schools Support Centre, Duns Primary School and Greenlaw Primary School all attended the festival, making it a great success.

To provide the children with new sporting and active experiences, sportshall athletics and BSLT’s Ignite Interactive Equipment were added to the festival along with the popular boccia and new age kurling.

BSLT’s sports development officer Neil Renton helped organised the sportshall athletics activities along with senior pupils from Berwickshire High School.

Caitlin Stewart taking part in the Berwickshire Paralympics hosted at Berwickshire High School

Caitlin Stewart taking part in the Berwickshire Paralympics hosted at Berwickshire High School

The children tried out standing long jump, hurdles, hi-stepper races, beanbag target throw and speed bounce, all of which were adapted to suit the varying abilities and ages of the children taking part.

The Ignite Interactive equipment was a new addition to the festival, after being very successful at other festivals across the Borders. Ben Gilchrist and Nathan McNally set up two stations giving the children the opportunity to try out interactive dance mats and interactive reaction wall. The equipment allows children of all abilities to take part and is a great way to get children active in a different environment.

All children received certificates, presented by Berwickshire High School’s Young Ambassadors Nicola Wealleans and Josh Herbert.

Berwickshire’s active schools coordinator Magnus Moncrieff said: “A huge thank you must go to all the staff of the schools who attended to support those participating, Berwickshire High School PE staff for providing the use of the games hall for the duration of the festival, Berwickshire High School senior pupils Joanna Dixon, Hannah Hay and Shonagh Duncan, Berwickshire High School’s Young Ambassadors Nicola Wealleans and Josh Herbert, BSLT’s Sports Development Officer Neil Renton and BSLT’s Ignite staff Ben Gilchrist and Nathan McNally.

“And a final thank you must go to all the children that took part and made the festival a huge success.”

The next festival will be in the final Borders festival in June. Information on this festival will be issued to schools in due course.