Rugby Sports Day for the Disabled

Throwing the rugby ball
Throwing the rugby ball
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Great day for more than 200 competitors

The 30th Rugby Sports Day for the Disabled was held at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Centre earlier this month.

Over 200 competitors from 18 sports clubs for the disabled enjoyed a great day of fun, fellowship and competition at the event which is organised by the three Rotary Clubs in Rugby,

Many sports are very competitive whilst others are of a ‘have-a-go’ nature to give everyone plenty to do during the day. Iris and John Bingham run the excellent archery competition which is of very high standard. Boccia, darts, pool and table tennis events are keenly contested and on the athletics track the discus, long jump and our very own ‘throwing the rugby ball’ involve many competitors.

For those less able there is mini-golf, magnetic darts, table skittles and many other events, which include darts and dominoes.

The aim of the day is to provide competition but also a great day out for the less able.

The afternoon is filled with a swimming gala with over 50 races swum with great encouragement from all the spectators in the gallery.

And at the end of the day the prize-giving is a time of great excitement. The joy on the faces of the winners, particularly the juniors, is a great reward for all the organisers. And it is wonderful to see those who don’t win being so excited for their team-mates who receive an award.

Everyone enjoyed the day and all remarked how much better the new centre was than the old Ken Marriott.