Seahaven Para Games staged for residents and Friends of Searchlight

Seahaven Para Games
Seahaven Para Games

Following in the footsteps of last year’s successful Paralympics, Seaford’s Downs Leisure Centre hosted the third annual Seahaven Para Games.

On Sunday August 19, 26 participants from across East Sussex competed against each other on four events across the day.

They also challenged their supporters to join in too.

The morning saw a session of New Age Kurling, facilitated by Seaford Kurlers, followed by a wheelchair basketball session where participants got to have a go at a number of skills, including shooting and dribbling.

During a buffet lunch, supporters of the games – Community Games, NHS Sussex, the Rotary Club of Seaford, Sainsbury’s Newhaven Harbour, Seaford Town Council and Wave Leisure Trust – chatted with participants and gained an insight into the kinds of activities they would like to see in future years.

Then Table Tennis was on offer from local coach John Reeves, supported by Gina Rogers from Active Sussex.

The day of activities ended with the hotly anticipated and contested annual wheelchair slalom.

Certificates of attendance were presented by the president of the Rotary Club of Seaford, Michael Logan; deputy mayor of Seaford cllr Mark Brown and Peter Carcus, Sainsbury’s PR Liaison from the Newhaven Harbour store.

Graham Amy, Friends of Searchlight, said: “It is heartening to see the games happening again for the residents and friends of Searchlight.

“Being able to participate in a day that ensures that everyone gets to have a go at exactly what they want to do, when they want to do it is simply fantastic.”

Michael Logan, president of Seaford Rotary Club, said: “We are delighted that these games are able to go ahead with the support of Seaford Rotary Club again.

“Being able to provide the Seahaven Para Games for the area means that not only are we able to offer our community the opportunity to compete in a variety of events, but we are also able to invite local teams to challenge themselves.”

Peter Crowley, managing director of Wave Leisure, said they were honoured to host the games for the third year at the Downs Leisure Centre.

“This is a continuing commitment to inspiring active lifestyles and brings physical activity to all corners of our community ensuring that participation happens in a fun and enjoyable way,” he said.

The partners have already committed to holding the games again in 2014, and have set a provisional date of Sunday August 10.

Anyone wishing to participate, volunteer on the day or sponsor the games should contact Wave Leisure on or call 01323 490011.