Sports star welcomes disability sport plan

Pictured (from left) Cllr Carol Hart, Chair of Derbyshire Sport; wheelchair basketball player Maddie Thompson and Derbyshire Sport Disability Sport Development Officer James Cook. Photo contributed.
Pictured (from left) Cllr Carol Hart, Chair of Derbyshire Sport; wheelchair basketball player Maddie Thompson and Derbyshire Sport Disability Sport Development Officer James Cook. Photo contributed.
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A HOPE Valley paralympian has unveiled a new plan in Derbyshire aimed at ensuring a real legacy from this summer’s Paralympic Games.

The Derbyshire Plan for Disability Sport 2012–2015 outlines measures to ensure disabled people in the county are given the chance to take part in high quality sport and physical activity opportunities at a level that is right for them.

The aims of the plan are to increase the number of opportunities available, as well as raising awareness of what is already on offer; increase participation in sport and physical activity and to identify and support talented sports people to be the best that they can be.

Wheelchair basketball player Maddie Thompson - who has been selected to be part of the Great Britain women’s team which will compete at the 2012 Paralympic Games - helped launch the plan at Chesterfield’s B2net Stadium.

The Hope teenager said: “I’m really excited to have been selected to compete in my first Paralympic Games, especially as it is a home Games. I hope that the Games will also inspire others to take up sport.”

The plan has been developed by partners and the English Federation for Disability Sport and produced by Derbyshire Sport.