Ottery pupils take part in disability games

Youngsters from The King’s School have taken part in the biggest celebration of disabled sport ever staged in the county.

The pupils were among nearly 500 competitors and around 100 young volunteers involved in the Devon Winter Ability Games at the Life Centre in Plymouth.

A total of 26 schools from across the county were represented at the event last weekend, which provided an important showcase for disability sport in Devon.

Simon Tremlett, a teaching assistant at The King’s took 11 pupils from different year groups with learning difficulties to take part in rowing, as well as taster sessions for a whole host of other sports.

He has been running a learning support football club at the school, and had hoped to take a team down to the games.

But instead he took a group down to take part in a range of sports, adding: “It was a fantastic event, and is part of

James Bogue, from Active Devon, said: “The Paralympics raised awareness of disability sport to a whole new level and I think we’re seeing the legacy of that here.

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“It’s great to have so many young people inspired to get involved in sport and we’re delighted that we can give them the chance to compete at such a fantastic venue.”