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This year’s Paralympic Winter Games at PyeongChang was officially the most successful in Paralympics GB’s history with two Bronze medals, four Silvers and one fantastic Gold. Off the back of this success I am delighted that this year’s Sussex Parallel Youth Games are fast approaching.

Organised by Active Sussex, one of 43 County Sports Partnerships across the UK, this flagship, Paralympic style event for children with disabilities across Sussex is the largest multi-sport participation event for disabled children in the county, with this year’s annual event taking place on May 23rd 2018 at the K2 in Crawley

It is the event in the schools’ calendar for the 400 athletes taking part each year, as well as the 100+ young leaders and adult volunteers who make The Games happen. 

Crucially, it introduces the participants to a range of sports and sees them compete in Boccia, new-age kurling, cricket, tennis, golf and swimming. This fun environment lets children try a range of activities and helps to build lifelong positive attitudes towards physical activity and teamwork.

Katie-George Dunlevy, Gold medal-winning Paralympic Cyclist says, “The Parallel Youth Games is an important day for disabled sports because it gives encouragement and lets children try out a range of sports. This is how I started out, going to days like this.”

The competition is supported by a Sporting Champion and medals are handed out at the closing ceremony for the winners of each sport. Previous champions have included Andy Barrow (GB wheelchair rugby player), Sasha Kindred (GB Paralympic Swimmer) and Shaun McKeown (GB Paralympic Track and Road Cyclist). 

Active Sussex are looking for local businesses to sponsor the 2019 Parallel Youth Games and here at Platinum Sport we want to help. 

If you or your business wants to invest in disability sport and give young people across Sussex the opportunity and skills to be active, then you can help too.

As a registered Charitable trust, Active Sussex’s funding predominantly comes from Sport England to help contribute to the government’s agenda of increasing the number of people participating in sport and physical activity. 

So if you believe in supporting young leaders to reach their full potential then please contact Jo Ashworth on
jashworth@activesussex.org or call 01273 644139 for more information.  

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