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GBR Kayaker Chris Carson Lends Support for Surrey Para Games
Friday 21st June 2019. Final preparations for this year’s Surrey Para Games are being made with local National Kayaker and aspiring Olympian, Chris Carson this year lending his support.
20-year-old Chris from Shalford has had to overcome many hurdles along the way as he suffers with autism, dyscalculia, and dyslexia. Chris has also had to deal with a condition known as Sensory Integration Disorder. Despite these issues, and with the support of Charterhouse Club, he has his sights set on competing in the Olympic Games. Chris now trains regularly at the Club and he has also embarked on a lifeguard course.
Now in its sixth year, The Surrey Para Games has become a firm fixture in the Surrey School Games Programme. This year, it takes place on Thursday 4th July 2019 and is open to all Surrey school children in Years 7-10 with special educational needs and disabilities including those within mainstream schools. Participants (in teams of up to 20 per school) rotate around three different sports at one central venue – the prestigious Charterhouse Club in Godalming. Sports this year will include boccia, cricket, cycling, football, rowing, rugby, tennis, and sitting volleyball.
Last year over 200 young SEND students took part in a variety of sports giving them not only an enjoyable day, but the opportunity to try new sports for the first time. The Para Games also enables sports talent identification and links with National Governing Bodies of sport talent pathways, as well as connections with local clubs for continued participation and involvement after the event.
Commenting on his involvement in the Games, Chris Carson commented: “I learnt about the Surrey Para Games through my training at the Charterhouse Club and when asked if I’d like to get involved, I jumped at the chance. I’m really looking forward to meeting as many participants as possible on the day, sharing my own experiences and lending my support.”
South West Surrey MP, Jeremy Hunt MP, who founded the Games as a legacy to the London 2012 Paralympics said: “Year on year this event continues to grow – attracting more clubs, sports and participants. I am delighted that Chris has joined our event. His background, experience and skill, like our Games Ambassador and Paralympian Rachel Morris MBE, will be an inspiration to those young people taking part.”
The Surrey Para Games is delivered through Active Surrey in partnership with Charterhouse Club. The event is generously sponsored by COINS Foundation and the DFN Charitable Foundation
15th June 2018
Countdown to the 4th July 2018 when a record number of Surrey school children are expected at The Charterhouse Club in Godalming for a day of varied sports including tennis, football, rugby, boccia, swimming and rowing.
Event Attracts Growing Support from Paralympians
Building on the success of last year’s Para Games, which has grown and firmly established itself year on year, Jeremy Hunt, MP for South West Surrey, today confirmed the Games are shaping up well to take place this year on Wednesday 4th July 2018.
The annual event, run in conjunction with COINS Foundation and The DFN Foundation, will again take place at Godalming’s Charterhouse Club. This year sees it move to a new, mid-week spot to take into account feedback from schools and to enable even more children to take part.
Jeremy Hunt MP said: “Stronger involvement from National Governing Sports Bodies and local sports clubs this year will allow children greater, regular participation in sport. It’s all well and good putting on a wonderful, annual event but we want children to regularly engage in sport and physical exercise - this has always been our ultimate goal.”
Active Surrey who have been instrumental in the successful organisation of the Games (as part of the Surrey School Games programme) since its inception, will this year work with Hindhead Special Education Needs school, Stepping Stones, to bring a bigger and better Games. The school, based in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s former home of Undershaw, has agreed to take a leading role in the preparation of the Games in a bid to attract more schools and participation. This will be achieved through school visits and training courses being laid on at the school with support from the Games’ Paralympian Ambassadors. This growing list of Paralympian supporters includes Rachel Morris MBE, Olivia Breen, Lucy Shuker and International Para Dressage Rider, Erin Orford.
The Games are open to young SEND students (aged 11-15 years) from Surrey schools and will again be hosted by Charterhouse Club where facilities include a sports hall, several studios, a pool, outdoor athletics and astro pitches. The use of the venue has again afforded the opportunity to further expand the Surrey Para Games breadth and reach from increasing the number of participants and diversifying the programme of sports on offer.
Surrey schools interested in getting involved should contact Wendy Newton at Active Surrey on: firstname.lastname@example.org
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