Going for gold at the Paralympic Personal Bests 2018

River Park Leisure Centre was a hive of activity as children and adults with disabilities took part in a range of sports at the Paralympic Personal Bests event.

Participants took part in swimming, football, tennis, low-level circuits, cricket, running, squash and rugby with an aim to beat their own personal scores.

Councillor Lisa Griffiths, Winchester City Council Portfolio Holder for Heath and Wellbeing, said:

“This event has grown dramatically over the years, demonstrating our commitment to develop disability sports participation in the District.

“I’d like to thank all staff and volunteers who organised this celebration and I look forward to sharing the success of all participants at next year’s event.”

Stuart Urquhart, Contract Manager at River Park Leisure Centre, said:

“Every year we host this fantastic event and it’s great to see so many people involved. River Park Leisure Centre is an inclusive centre and we welcome those with all abilities to use our facilities. 

“Disability sport is an area that Places Leisure is fully committed to supporting and we look forward to working with Winchester City Council to develop further opportunities moving forward.”

The event was hosted by the Sport & Physical Activity team at Winchester City Council and staff at Winchester Go Learning Difficulties (GoLD) and River Park Leisure Centre.

The event was sponsored by Simply Health and the Tesco’s ‘Bags of Help’ grant scheme and supported by volunteers from Santander, Southampton Football Club, Winchester parkrun, Hampshire Cricket Board and FirstBite.

For further information on disability sport opportunities within Winchester please visit www.winchester.gov.uk/activewinchester/disability-sport/ or for general enquiries please contact Calum Drummond on 01962 848 329.