Seahaven Para Games 2018

TWENTY-TWO seconds – you’ve been beaten by a single second!
The finale to the Seahaven Para Games 2018 was the wheelchair slalom which all participants find exhilarating to various degrees. After all the participants had taken part, two entrants were tied on twenty-three seconds, and so a further run was necessary to determine the fastest participant. In the first run a time of twenty-one seconds was recorded, and so with the spectators looking eagerly on, the second entrant attempted to better that time, but although recording a quicker time than in the first run, it was insufficient to be the quicker around the course than the other participant on the second run.
The smiles on the faces of all the entrants showed that they however were all winners.
Seaford Rotary Club was one of the sponsors of the seventh annual Seahaven Para Games at the Downs Leisure Centre in Seaford, an event which gives the Club the opportunity to support disabled people in our community. The games are non-competitive, although the participants put this philosophy to the test with the wheelchair slalom when each contestant endeavours to record the quickest time around the circuit.
When all the participants were assembled Duncan Kerr, CEO of Wave Leisure, welcomed all who were taking part, their families, friends and carers, as well as Maria Caulfield, our constituency MP, Seaford Mayor Linda Wallraven, and her consort Liz Holland, Peter Carcas from Sainsbury’s plc and Steven Willox, President of Seaford Rotary Club.
The morning events included indoor bowls, at which Steven Willox and Maria Caulfield tried the game out watched by Seaford Mayor Linda Wallraven.
Other events in the main hall of the Downs Leisure Centre included adapted tennis, darts, high scoring wedge and target zone, a form of boccia, which proved to be well liked with increasing numbers of wheelchairs surrounding the target on the floor.
In the dance studio, there were various forms of Tri-Golf which also attracted many participants.
After lunch, kindly provided by Sainsbury’s, the programme gave the opportunity for the thirty plus participants to enjoy kurling, basketball and table tennis or Qi Gong, a form of physical exercises and breathing control related to Tai Chi before they all took part in an exercise music class.
All the participants then reassembled in the main hall for the final event, the wheelchair slalom. The event proved to be very popular as there was a queue to take part.
Duncan Kerr thanked all who contributed to make this such an excellent day, and especially to all who took part and made it all so worthwhile. Duncan Kerr presented certificates and Peter Carcas awarded medals to all who took part.
After that there was just time for a group photograph.

posted: Sunday, 12 August 2018

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