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Warming up for the Medway Disability Winter Youth Games

Date: 24/04/2008           Category: Leisure

Medway's Budding young sportsmen and women are preparing to take part in the second annual Medway Disability Winter Youth Games. Skiing, tobogganing and snowtube relays all feature in the programme for the event at the John Nike Capstone Ski Centre in Chatham on Thursday, 1 May. The participating four schools have spent the last six weeks attending free coaching sessions at the centre. On the day, pupils will go through the Skill Level Star Awards, as well as taking part in some fun tobogganing and snowtube relays The five teams are the Penguins and Polar Bear teams from Bradfields School, Churchill Avenue, Chatham; Warren Wood Community Primary School, Arethusa Road, Rochester; Hoo St Werburgh Primary Unit and the St Werburgh Centre, Pottery Road, Hoo. The Medway Disability Youth Games form part of the Medway Games programme and are run by the Medway Council Sports Development team with the support of staff at the John Nike centre. Disability Youth Games patron and 11-time Paralympic gold medalist, Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, said: “It’s wonderful to see what Medway is doing to promote disability sport and I hope everyone who takes part in this year's games has a fantastic time.” The Disability Youth Games comprise a winter and summer event and were first held in 2007 following a successful bid for Medway Youth Opportunities funding by Bradfields School pupil Lee Monk. The 2008 Medway Disability Summer Youth Games will take place on Thursday, 10 July at Deangate Ridge, featuring athletics, football, boccia, archery and kwik cricket. Note to editors: The media are invited to send photographers and film crews to the event at the John Nike Capstone Ski Centre in Alpine Park, Gillingham. Best time for action shots is from 10am to 12.30pm. Please contact John Hatchett at the event on 07766 465790