Summer sports day a real hit

PEOPLE with disabilities got active at a summer sports day.

PEOPLE with disabilities got active at a summer sports day.

The eighth annual RHS Oputa Games was held at Holbrook's Royal Hospital School and saw 140 children and adults with a range of disabilities taking part in nine specially-adapted games, including golf and netball.

The event was organised by year 11 and 12 pupils from the private school with the help of Oputa, a Suffolk-based disability charity.

Sarah Bullen, 18, leader of the school's community action team, said: “It has been really great fun.

“It has been interesting learning about people with disabilities and I have learnt to look for people's abilities - what they can do rather than what they can't do.”

Barry Hocking, director of community action at the school, added: “Our pupils thoroughly enjoy being part of this event and I believe it teaches them excellent values regarding the importance of service to others.

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“The aim is to enable people with a range of disabilities to experience a range of activities.

“Our students get a lot out of it too. They played basketball in wheelchairs and have been blindfolded so they could gain some understanding of what it is like to have a disability.”

Did you take part in the RHS Optua Games? Did you enjoy the day? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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