Swimming gala coming up

DISABLED children are to be given the chance to take to the water and make a splash in their very own gala.For the seventh year running, Lions Clubs from Ipswich, Felixstowe, Woodbridge and Stowmarket are organising the popular event at Crown Pools.

DISABLED children are to be given the chance to take to the water and make a splash in their very own gala.

For the seventh year running, Lions Clubs from Ipswich, Felixstowe, Woodbridge and Stowmarket are organising the popular event at Crown Pools.

The evening's events – supported by The Evening Star – are designed for youngsters with learning disabilities or physical handicaps and everyone that takes part will receive a medal for their efforts.

Bill Murton, of the Ipswich Lions Club, said: "It's about giving those youngsters who don't normally get to compete in these things a chance to come down and show people what they can do.


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"It gives them a flavour of what a competition is like but it's really all about everyone having fun."

There will be a wide range of races designed to cater for all abilities – including a special walking race across the width of the pool.

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Safety will be a priority and everyone taking part will be accompanied by a member of the Ipswich Lifesavers.

Mr Murton said: "Many of the kids that come will go and see their classmates in school competitions but might not usually get a chance to have a go themselves.

"We want to provide something for those that might not usually get picked."

Children of all ages can take part and adults are warmly encouraged to have a go too.

Over the course of the night judges will be keeping their eye out for five or six competitors who they think have done exceptionally well and they will be awarded with a special prize as well as their medal.

The event will be held at Crown Pools on Saturday April 9 from 6.30pm to 9pm.

If you or your children are interested in taking part contact your local Lions club or call Mr Murton on 01473 747132.

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