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Sunday, 21 September 2014

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Barrow children’s Paralympics experience

CHILDREN have welcomed the start of the London 2012 Paralympics with a sports day celebration.

Youngsters at The Old Vicarage Day Nursery, in Barrow, had a go at playing football blindfolded with a ball with a bell in it yesterday ahead of the opening ceremony of the Games last night.

About 50 children, aged between two and four years old, enjoyed a dedicated day of sport at the Hartington Street nursery.

The little ones also took part in wheelchair-based races and seated basketball, and they made Paralympic torches.

Rachel Smith, leader from the Blackbird Room at the nursery, said: “We wanted to hold our event on the day of the Paralympics opening ceremony to make our children aware that the Games are starting.

“The day showed the children that everyone can take part in sports and disability doesn’t get in the way. The children were very enthusiastic about the events and they soon got the hang of the sports. They were very intrigued by playing football blindfolded.”

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