Gallery: Scores enjoy disability sporting showcase

IPSWICH: Scores of disabled people enjoyed a celebration of sport, art and culture at the weekend.

Optua, the Suffolk-based disability charity, held a disability showcase event at Northgate Sports Centre, in Ipswich, on Saturday.

It featured a huge range of disabled sports for people to try including cycling, football, athletics, boccia, sailing, darts, judo, powerlifting and fishing.

There was also a chance for people to try arts and cultural activities such as dance and theatre workshops.

It was held to celebrate Optua’s Disability Sport Academy Project and the London 2012 Open Weekend.

A spokesman for Optua said: “We launched the Suffolk Disability Sport Academy Project five years ago.

“Since then we have organised seven disability sport showcases across Suffolk, introduced hundreds of people to disability sport and helped to set up several new sports clubs.”

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The project has even helped one young Suffolk girl - Zoe Newson - to take up powerlifting and she’s currently ranked number one in the world in her class in the International Paralympic world rankings.