Junior disabled athletes ready to go for gold at Typhoo National Championships
More than 200 of the country’s finest young disabled athletes will be going for gold in Coventry on (2 and 3 July) at the Typhoo National Junior Athletics Championships.
The annual event is one of the highlights in the disability sports calendar with some competitors hoping their success might lead to a golden career in athletics. Typhoo Tea renewed their support for 2016, after helping 1500 disabled athletes to access athletics opportunities last year. There have been seven qualifiers over the last few months leading up to the nationals.
Many elite disabled athletes began their own success at this prestigious event, including Hannah Cockroft, Shelly Woods, Aled Davies and Hollie Arnold, who were spotted as potential world class athletes.
The two-day championships at the University of Warwick’s athletics track is organised by the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS). There is a full programme on offer, meaning athletes with a wide range of impairments can take part, something which is not often supported at many other events.
Barry Horne, Chief Executive of EFDS said:
“EFDS believes everyone should have a chance to be active, at whatever level they choose to take part. The Typhoo Junior Athletics Championships 2016 is one of our favourite events of the year and we know how much the athletes enjoy it too. That’s why it is great to see how many young disabled people will be part of the competition. Good luck to all involved!”
Somnath Saha, Chief Executive of Typhoo Ltd, said:
“This is an important celebration of talent and Typhoo has been delighted to support it. Sport can change lives and that is certainly true for those who have taken part in the regional qualifiers and this weekend’s national championships.
“Being active can help with physical and mental health, confidence and fitness and to promote social interaction. That’s why it is great to see such a high number of young disabled people taking part in this weekend’s competition, supported by an army of volunteers, families and schools.
“And one day, who knows, some of these youngsters might emulate the likes of Hannah Cockroft, David Weir, Jonnie Peacock and other Paralympians and take their talent to even bigger stages.”
Lions Club International has been involved with the event since it began. Their volunteers have supported the national and regional events across England.
Ian Clare, Lions Clubs Partnership Officer said:
“The National and Junior Athletics Championships have helped to identify and develop new talent, as well as engage many Lions volunteers. Our partnership which stretches over 25 years confirms two areas of commitment for the Lions Clubs’ in local communities – health and youth as well as encouraging fulfilling lives and empowering the next generation.”
The Championships begin at 10am on Saturday 2 July and should end at 1pm on Sunday 3 July. There is a Championship dinner on the Saturday night too.
As well as individual medals up for grabs, there is the team championship on offer, with current holders the North East again fielding a very strong team.
Spectators are welcome to watch the action free of charge.
Location: University of Warwick athletics track, Gibbet Hill Road, Coventry, CV4 7AL
The programme will run as follows:
09:45 and 17:30 on Saturday 2 July
09:30 and 13:00 on Sunday 3 July
For more information, visit www.efds.co.uk