Disability Sports Day at the University of Bath
An afternoon of disability sport is being hosted by University of Bath Students’ Union Sport at the University’s campus on Wednesday (19 March) – less than two years after the London 2012 Games and just days after the completion of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Paralympic Games.
The afternoon will be open to all students as well as some invited disabled people from the local community in an attempt to foster an inclusive atmosphere and promote ties between the University and the local community.
There will be a variety of activities for participants to get to grips with including wheelchair basketball, seated volleyball, visually impaired tennis, blind football, para-triathlon and adaptive rowing.
The event has been organised by Tom Janicot, University of Bath Students’ Union Sports Officer.
“The University has developed a very successful partnership with Paralympics GB over the past few years, yet until now there was no visible link to the student body,” he said. “This event will aim to give the opportunity for everyone to experience the fabulous atmosphere in fully inclusive sport, as we saw from the very successful London 2012 Paralympic Games."
As the training base for some Britain's Paralympic athletes, the University is well placed to offer a unique experience to its student population.
The event has attracted the support of Paralympic sprinter and London 2012 bronze medallist Ben Rushgrove.
Rushgrove, a University of Bath graduate who trains at the Sports Training Village, said: “I am pleased to support the attempt been made to build on the London 2012 legacy, and to support Tom and his team to make the event a success.”
The event runs from 12.30pm till 5pm on Wednesday 19 March.