On Sunday 13th August, Wave Leisure Trust Limited (Wave) hosted the sixth annual Seahaven Para Games at the Downs Leisure Centre in Seaford. Competitors from throughout East Sussex participated in the Games which were fully accessible to everyone thanks to a door-to-door mini-bus service kindly provided by Community Transport for the Lewes Area (CTLA) which was sponsored by the Seaford Rotary Club and Sussex Housing Trust for the Elderly.
The 23 competitors took part in an exhilarating and action-packed day which provided the ideal platform for everyone to demonstrate and showcase their sporting expertise. The challenging activities included new age curling, table tennis, boccia, table cricket, balloon volleyball, a chair-based exercise class and a sound tennis demonstration and the highly anticipated – and competitive – annual wheelchair slalom.
Duncan Kerr, CEO of Wave, welcomed everyone to the Para Games and wished all the competitors good luck for the day. Duncan said: “The annual Seahaven Para Games really provide the perfect stage for competitors to exhibit their sporting skills. It also demonstrates the energy, strength and benefits that sport and physical activity can bring to everyone.
“The Wave Team is proud to be able to host and deliver the Seahaven Para Games for a sixth year. The event is the highlight of our year. The Seahaven Para Games continue to underpin our commitment to promoting good health and active lifestyles, bringing inclusive participation and enjoyable activities to all our community.”
Mike Roper, the President of the Rotary Club of Seaford added: “We were very happy that the 2017 Seahaven Para Games were, again, able to take place with the support of the Rotary Club. It is important to us to continue to offer our local community the chance to participate in a fantastic range of activities and have the opportunity to make new friends.”
Dawn Norman, Marketing Manager at CTLA commented: “CTLA was very happy to help guarantee that all competitors made it to the Games by running transport services on the day.”
Following a morning of exciting and adrenaline-fuelled competition, competitors, carers and supporters enjoyed a tasty lunch kindly donated by Sainsbury’s. During the lunch break, everyone caught up and discussed what new and different activities they’d like to take part in and see the next Seahaven Para Games in 2018.
The 2017 Games’ ended with the highly spirited annual Wheelchair Slalom. Bill Hopkins, from Webb House sped around the course and crossed the Finish Line first to claimed the 2017 title.
The Games closed with an Awards Ceremony, where Duncan presented all the contestants with Para Games certificates and medals.
All those involved in the 2017 Games have agreed and committed to holding the Seahaven Para Games again next year.
The event date is yet to be confirmed, but anyone wishing to participate or volunteer on the day – or sponsor the Games – should contact David Wright at Wave on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01323 408857.