Junior World Champion Archer Jessica Stretton is joining in a Wheelchair Challenge at Bedford on Sunday October 11th.
Jessica, aged 14, who is on her way to becoming a Paralympian, is joining the event to highlight legacy of the 2012 games and those competitors who back then trained at the University of Bedfordshire camp.
She will compete alongside able-bodied and disabled competitors in this event which is backed by the Rotary Club and involves many local teams and companies.
The event is being promoted in Bedford town centre in the window of Sports Traider and taking part in the event will be Ismail Anilmis owner of the High Street McDonalds restaurant.
Legacy of Olympics rolls on
An idea which started with people who helped to host Paralympians at the University of Bedfordshire’s campus in 2012 is still rolling on. The Rotary Wheelchair Challenge is being held for the fourth time at Bedford International Athletic Stadium on Sunday 11th October.
Teams of four will compete in a wheelchair relay race which demonstrates the legacy of the London Olympics. Teams can be all ages, able-bodied or disabled, or a combination of talents. Wheelchairs are provided.
“The 2012 Games did so much to raise the awareness of disabled sport we wanted to make sure that the legacy lived on, so we staged the wheelchair race in the October of 2012,” explained Mary Whitehead, who with husband David and friends led by Howard Darbon, President of Sport Bedford, helped to host paralympians at the pre Games camp at Polhill Road sports campus of the University of Bedfordshire.
Mary added: “We would love to see more schools taking part or young people from organisations for teenagers. It’s a fun event.”
The first three events raised a total of more than £14,000 for WheelPower, Whizz-Kidz, Sport Bedford, and Herts Sport & Wellbeing Foundation.