Hundreds do battle in special sporting event

SUFFOLK: Hundreds of disabled people enjoyed a fun-filled annual sports event at the Royal Hospital School, in Holbrook.

The RHS Optua Games is organised every year by Suffolk-based disability charity Optua together with the Royal Hospital School’s Community Action Team.

A total of 17 teams of people with physical, sensory and learning disabilities competed in a series of outdoor events, such as welly-throwing, skittles and ball games.

This year’s event had a World Cup theme and the overall winning team was decided with a penalty shoot out.

David Finn, manager of Optua’s Leisure service, said: “This year’s RHS Optua Games was a fantastic event and we had a record attendance.

“Everyone had a great day, we had superb weather and there was a very positive atmosphere. We’d like to thank everyone who took part including the school’s Community Action Team, Bike Active, people who helped to fund the event and everyone else who helped to make it such a success!

“Apart from being such an enjoyable event, it also helps to educate the school’s pupils and to improve their awareness of disability.”

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The event, held on Thursday, was attended by Suffolk-based Abbie Thorrington who is a big prospect for the triathlon at the 2012 Olympics and David Wood, chairman of Babergh District Council.

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