More than 200 disabled youngsters hope to emulate their sporting heroes at the Typhoo National Junior Athletics Championships next weekend. This major fixture in the disability sports calendar has produced several world-class athletes over the years.
This event is the culmination of seven regional qualifiers where youngsters with varying degrees of disability competed for highly sought-after places at the nationals. The aim was twofold: to encourage more disabled youngsters to take part in athletics and develop their talents at the same time. To have fun whilst competing against others in a safe, friendly environment that hopes to discover future Paralympians.
Typhoo Tea entered into partnership with the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) along with the Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland Federations in a project called ‘Typhoo Sports For All’ to increase accessibility to sport amongst disabled adults and children.
Since then, they have enabled 1500 disabled athletes to access competitions in 2015 and have renewed their support in 2016, including top-flight events such as this. It is worth noting that Hannah Cockroft, Shelly Woods, Aled Davies and Hollie Arnold started their journeys to elite stardom from the National Junior Athletics Championships.
The event takes place over two days, Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 July at the University of Warwick athletics track in Coventry with team and individual medals on offer. Its popularity guaranteed as EFDS CEO Barry Horne confirmed saying: “At EFDS we believe everyone should have the chance to be active, at whatever level they choose to take part. This is one of our favourite events of the year and we know how much the athletes enjoy it too.”
With additional support from the Lions Club International who has been involved with this event since the start. It forms part of an overall vision where disabled people become active for life.