Event: Sports Training Village hosts Paraylmpics countdown event
24 May 2011
Primary school children from across Cardiff recently joined together at the Cardiff University Sports Training Village – Talybont to mark the official 500 day countdown to the Paralympic Games.
Legacy 500 is a celebratory event which brought disabled children together to have a go at playing several Paralympic sports including boccia, football, wheelchair basketball and table tennis.
The 40 pupils from The Hollies Special School, Marlborough Primary School, St. Cadocs Primary and St Phillip Evans Primary received training from Sport.Cardiff coaches and were joined by the Deputy Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Dianne Rees, and local Paralympian, Caroline Matthews. Caroline is a member of the GB Women’s Wheelchair Basketball Team and also plays for the Cardiff Celts, a club that was established by Sport.Cardiff 9 years ago.
The event was organised by Sport.Cardiff in partnership with Cardiff City Football Club and Disability Sport Wales. It is part of Sport.Cardiff’s commitment to deliver the demand for grass roots sport generated by the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and was awarded the prestigious Inspire Mark from LOCOG.
The legacy includes improving club competition and coaching infrastructure to ensure children and young people can take part in high quality sporting activities for the future.
Cardiff has been selected by both the Australian and South African Paralympic teams as their Pre-Games training camps as they make their preparations for the 2012 Games.
The newly refurbished Cardiff University facilities will be used by the Australian Paralympic team as the Wheelchair Basketball team make their bid for another Gold medal.