Ro­tary is help­ing to break the ice

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Rotary Corner -

The Olympics are now just a mem­ory but the even more in­spir­ing Par­a­lympics are here! Tal­ented ath­letes, hav­ing trained all hours (de­ter­mined to over­come some form of dis­abil­ity) will be en­gaged in fiercely fought com­pe­ti­tion for Great Britain.

How­ever, you need not travel as far as Rio to see an ex­am­ple of tri­umph over ad­ver­sity. In­spire Peter­bor­ough’s first In­clu­sive Ice Skat­ing com­pe­ti­tion was an in­cred­i­ble suc­cess, made pos­si­ble thanks to a gen­er­ous do­na­tion by Peter­bor­ough Wer­ring­ton Ro­tary Club.

The in­spi­ra­tion for the event came from Calum Tit­mus and Emma Hall af­ter they com­peted in the cham­pi­onship event in Glas­gow (In­clu­sive Skat­ing’s home) in April. Nine­teen lo­cal peo­ple took part in this fully in­clu­sive event at Planet Ice, Peter­bor­ough. It pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity for skaters with all kinds of im­pair­ments to com­pete on a level play­ing field with other skaters. Head Coach Gail Howard said: “Ev­ery­body who took part in the com­pe­ti­tion worked in­cred­i­bly hard to learn a com­pli­cated rou­tine to mu­sic. All par­tic­i­pants skated bril­liantly and made our team of coaches and them­selves very proud.”

Calum and Emma now hope to travel to Ice­land in Novem­ber for a Spe­cial Olympic ice skat­ing com­pe­ti­tion, and again to Glas­gow in April 2017 for the In­clu­sive Skat­ing cham­pi­onships, hope­fully joined by other mem­bers of the club.

In­spire Peter­bor­ough be­gan In­clu­sive Skat­ing ses­sions lo­cally in June 2015 thanks to a grant from Comic Re­lief. Their ac­tiv­i­ties were cho­sen to open the BBC footage of Sport Re­lief for the East of Eng­land. Ses­sions in Peter­bor­ough are aimed at peo­ple with a dis­abil­ity, life lim­it­ing con­di­tion and/or ad­di­tional need. Their fam­i­lies and car­ers can come along and they can all learn to skate to­gether.

Ro­tar­i­ans were a bit shocked to see young ladies with body paint on their faces and backs at last year’s Ro­taryswim, but boy could they swim. It was part of In­spire Peter­bor­ough’s fund rais­ing ac­tiv­i­ties rais­ing money for a num­ber of projects. Some of the money Wer­ring­ton Ro­tary raised from Ro­taryswim also was do­nated to In­spire Peter­bor­ough.

You could join yet more young ladies with body paint on 27th Novem­ber when Ro­taryswim 2016 takes place. In­spire Peter­bor­ough has in­cluded the event in their cal­en­dar. The In­spire swim­mers will wear their own spe­cial swim­ming caps. Why not come along, en­joy a swim and raise money for In­spire Peter­bor­ough or any char­ity of your choice.

De­tails and En­try Forms can be ob­tained from: www.ro­tary-pe­ter­bor­ough­w­er­ring­ton.org.uk e-mail: sec­re­tary@peter­bor­ough-wer­ring­ton-ro­tary. org.uk or send a SAE to Martin Nash, 15 Greenacres, Wer­ring­ton, Peter­bor­ough. PE4 6LH

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