Last Thursday, DSActive teamed up with Newham School Sports Partnership to run Newham Schools Disability Athletics Competition at Terence McMillian Stadium. The competition was open to all secondary schools within the Newham Borough.
The competition split into two groups: London Youth Pan-Disability for Newham and DSActive Multi-Athletics. There were 62 students and 11 people with Down’s syndrome from six local schools who attended the competition. All students took part in the day and there was a rotation of running, jumping and throwing events. It finished with school relays.
Stephen Peaty from Cumberland School Sports Partnership said:
“Although there will be a competitive element to the event, the main aim of the day is to give the young disabled people the opportunity to experience new activities. Medals will be awarded for best performances and all students will receive a certificate.”
The DSActive Team said:
“Athletics is a superb sport for people with Down’s syndrome. There are so many fundamental movements to athletics which can help improve people with Down’s syndrome ability, balance and co-ordination such as jumping, running, skipping and throwing”