BPA and British Swimming team up for the Sheffield Sports Fest
The British Paralympic Association (BPA) has joined up with British Swimming to offer an opportunity to watch world-class disability swimming, in addition to meeting other Paralympic athletes and trying out different Paralympic sports in a unique four days of sport for disabled people in Sheffield between 25 and 28 April.
Disabled people and fans of Paralympic sport can see London 2012 Paralympic gold medallists including Ellie Simmonds, Josef Craig and Jessica-Jane Applegate in action at the British International Disability Swimming Championships, one of the premier disability swimming events in the UK. This gets underway on Thursday April 25 and runs through to Sunday April 28.
Meanwhile on Friday April 26 and Saturday April 27, the BPA will host the latest Sports Fest, a free two-day multi-sport event which offers disabled people the chance to “Try the Sports, Meet the Medallists, Get Inspired”. The Sports Fest is supported by a number of high profile Paralympians including London 2012 silver medallist and Sheffield University graduate Will Bayley and Sheffield Steelers Wheelchair Basketball player Maddie Thompson.
As a result of the collaboration, the two major events have been scheduled to ensure that disabled fans of sport can attend the Sports Fest at the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield between 10am and 4pm on Friday or Saturday. They will have the opportunity to meet Paralympic athletes, have their photos taken or ask for autographs, and try out Paralympic sports.
Then move to Pond’s Forge where you can cheer on British Paralympians in the Swimming finals from 5pm.
Commenting on the joint announcement, London 2012 gold medallist Josef Craig said:
“This is such exciting news, I was already looking forward to competing in Sheffield but the additional support will be great for us. I think the ParalympicsGB Sports Fest is fantastic as it is a great opportunity for disabled people who have been inspired by London to find out more about all the different sports that they might be interested in, and hopefully those who attend the Sports Fest can also come along to support me and other swimmers in the evening. The Paralympic Games last year were brilliant because people really got behind us so I’d really encourage people to come along to both events to support disability sport.”