On Sunday 1st October I headed up to Loughborough for a special event organised by Dan Powell, Paralympic athlete, entrepreneur and RPFB Challenge Event Champion!
Dan has his own company called Ability Training, which delivers workshops to gyms, personal trainers and sports coaches on how to train vision impaired people. The company is all about inclusivity, and the Para Sports Fest highlighted that perfectly.
The day involved groups of children of varying ages and abilities trying out different Para Sports, including goal ball, para football, athletics and Judo. The groups each had half an hour to try out the different sports, each being lead by industry experts and Paralympians. It was fantastic to see the children getting stuck in and growing in confidence throughout the sessions. The blindfolds didn’t seem to faze them at all and every single child there clearly enjoyed themselves.
Double Paralympic gold medallist Libby Clegg was running the athletics session along with her guide runner Chris, teaching the children all about guide running, and even running with some of the children herself. In another section of the hall, Dan helped to teach the Judo, giving some incredible demonstrations to the mesmerised kids!
In total there were over 100 children plus their parents there that day and it was fantastic to be able to speak to a lot of them about RP Fighting Blindness, and get a few donations too! As well as our collecting tins, Dan organised a raffle, and a portion of the entry fees will also be donated to RP Fighting Blindness.
Thank you to Dan for putting on this fantastic event, inviting us along and raising money too.
Fundraising Events Manager