FENLANDER: Paralympic lantern coming to Hudson Leisure Centre in Wisbech will be ‘a momentous occcasion’

THE visit of the Paralympic Flame to Wisbech on Sunday week will be “a momentous occasion” that will give disabled sport in Fenland a big lift.

That’s the view of Vanessa White, chairman of the Fenland Disability Sports Forum (Fendis).

The flame is due to arrive at the Hudson Leisure Centre at noon on August 26, three days before the start of the Paralympics. It will remain on show there for the rest of the day and several Paralympic sport “give it a go” sessions will take place through the afternoon.

The visit has been arranged by Fenland District Council’s sports development team in conjunction with Living Sport.

Ms White said: “I am so excited about the Paralympic Flame coming to Wisbech. It will help raise awareness about disabled sports throughout Fenland and the work Fendis does to give people with a disability the opportunity to try new sports and develop their skills.

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“It is a momentous occasion. I really hope it will inspire people to come along and have a go at different Paralympic sports and encourage them to chase their dreams of becoming an Olympian. Anything is possible with determination and hard work.

“We will also be showing our support for the British team before they head off to London for the Paralympics; I know they will make us proud.”

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Her view was echoed by Councillor Steve Garratt, Fenland District Council’s portfolio holder for sport and leisure.

He said: “Over the past few weeks we’ve seen the extraordinary effect the Olympics have had in arousing people’s enthusiasm and interest in sport of all kinds.

“Now we hope to see the same kind of response to the Paralympics, particularly with fantastic talents like our own Jody Cundy taking part. They will enable people to see and appreciate the amazing quality of disabled sport.

“Having the Paralympic flame at the Hudson provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Fenland people to join together in this national celebration. It’s the perfect way to get people in the mood for the Games themselves.”

• The “give it a go” sessions are table tennis (12.20-1.30pm), badminton (1.45-2.45pm), boccia (3-4pm) and hockey (4.15-5.15pm). Places must be booked in advance by contacting the Hudson Leisure Centre on 01354 622399.

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