This year’s University of Bath Disability Sports Day was held on Saturday 8 November and saw students, staff and members of the general public attend the event. The day was a regional camp and invited students and the community to come together to try a range of disability sports. The event encouraged both able bodied and disabled people to attend and try out the disability sports on offer, with the main aims of the day being to raise awareness of Disability Sport and to signpost individuals to regular sport opportunities that are available both at the university and in the local community.
The day was set up by the Sports Executive Disability Sport Coordinator Alice Walker and was organised in partnership with the Youth Sport Trust so that a wider audience could be reached. It proved to be a bigger and better disability sports day than ever before with many community groups attending, including visitors from Three Ways School, Bristol Bisons Wheelchair Basketball Club and Leonard Cheshire. University of Bath sports teams got involved with the day to help run the taster sessions and many student volunteers were on hand to support the event and ensure the day ran smoothly.
There were many taster sessions on offer throughout the day with wheelchair basketball, seated volleyball, goalball, VI football, VI athletics, wheelchair tennis, adaptive rowing and team building being held in both the Founders’ and STV sports halls.
Walker said: “Visitors commented on how fantastic our volunteers were” and thanked them for “making the day the success it was.”
All those attending enjoyed their opportunity to try some new sports and make new friends in a relaxed recreational environment and Walker added: “for some of our visitors this was the best day of their entire year.”
Paralympic athlete Ben Rushgrove attended the event to give his support and to inspire those interested in taking their sporting talents further. The sprinter who is one of Britain’s most famous para-athletes won a bronze medal in the T36 200m at the 2012 London Paralympic Games after claiming silver in the 100m in Beijing four years earlier. The chance to meet such a successful athlete was a wonderful opportunity for everyone in attendance and many enjoyed the chance to speak to Rushgrove who also gave a short speech.
Many clubs will be running regular disability sports session throughout the year so look out for further events being advertised and check bathstudent.com for more information.