AN OPEN afternoon in Bognor Regis put sport for disabled people on show. The Arun Sports Association for the Disabled staged the event just as the Paralympics 2016 competition was about to start in Rio de Janeiro.
Some of the sports which the world’s top sportsmen and women with disabilities have been competing in since yesterday were available for visitors to the event at The Arena Sports Centre to try. A total of 53 people attended the event on Sunday to see what the association has to offer at its weekly meetings.
The visitors came from a wide range which included Worthing, Chichester and Runcton as well as Bognor Regis. Peter Wells, of ASAD, said: “Many of the visitors tried out the sports that suited their disability and were surprised at the variety of sports we had to offer.
“They included table tennis, boccia, indoor archery, new age kurling, short mat bowls, pistol shooting and darts.”
The afternoon was also attended by Bognor Regis and Littlehampton MP Nick Gibb, who is the patron of the charity, together with Cllr Stephen Haymes, the chairman of Arun District Council, and Bognor Regis Town Council mayor Cllr Pat Dillon. Several presidents of local service charities also went along.
All of them were keen to try their hand at many of the sports. Mr Gibb, who has been ASAD’s patron for many years, said: “The opportunities that ASAD offers to people with disabilities to play sport and meet each other is one which I hope most people in the area will happily take advantage of.
“I have been the charity’s patron for several years now and seen first hand how much joy and pleasure can be gained from expert advice and guidance for all the sports on offer.
“The charity is run completely by volunteers and I thank them for the sterling work they do.”
The words of Mr Gibb were supported by those from both Cllr Haymes and Cllr Dillon. Cllr Dillon also stated the charity needed volunteers to help to run its Sunday afternoon sessions on a rota basis.
Many of the people who attended the afternoon have given serious consideration to joining the association and taken application forms to enable them to go along.
ASAD’s weekly meetings are held from 2pm-4pm on Sundays at The Arena Sports Centre in Westloats Lane.