Young adults with learning disabilities from right across West Lancashire were praised after taking part in an Olympic-themed evening.
Sporting Challenge organised the event at Skelmersdale Cricket Club, which ended with a prize giving ceremony with special guests Cllr David Sudworth, West Lancashire Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Leisure and Community Safety, and County Cllr Carolyn Evans, Lancashire County Council’s Champion for the Disabled.
The event was the brainchild of Sporting Challenge secretary and trustee, Edward McCarthy, who had himself gone to watch the Olympic Games, and thought it would be a great idea to hold an Olympic themed night. Together with Chairman John Haggart they got to work with some more unusual ideas, including javelin throwing, circus skills and welly throwing!
The evening was funded through a grant awarded by County Cllr Evans and regional radio station Real Radio supplied the event with “Olympic” medals to give out to all the participants.
Cllr Sudworth said: “I was delighted to attend Sporting Challenge’s event along with Cllr Evans and present the participants and their carers with their prizes. They were extremely enthusiastic and it was clear everyone had a great time.
“It was very interesting to hear about the good work undertaken by Sporting Challenge to give people with learning disabilities the opportunity to participate in different sporting activities and encourage them to improve their health and wellbeing.”
For more information on Sporting Challenge, visit http://www.sporting-challenge.org.uk/
Attached photos shows Cllrs David Sudworth and Carolyn Evans handing out medals at the prize-giving at Skelmersdale Cricket Club and the evening itself.