The aim of the ParalympicsGB SportsFests are to give people of all ages with a disability the opportunity to have a go at different sports and encourage them to go on and participate in that sport through clubs, anyone with real talent and Potential is fast tracked into sports talent confirmation programmes.
Over the course of the two days a huge number of people either had a go or asked about powerlifting, what is clear that while some people may not have necessarily wanted to take up powerlifting as a competitive sport they were very keen to find ou
t where they could train with weights, and get advice on resistance training specific to their disability.
Thanks to Chris Rattenbury, Roxan Luckock, Paul Efayena, Ali Jawad, Ben Richens, Michelle Joiner and Rik Partridge for helping out with the sessions, doing demos, explaining the sport and encouraging everyone to 'have a go'.
ParalympicsGB are looking to run four more sportsfests throughout the UK next year, which will give us another opportunity to promote the IPC Powerlifting and encourage participation while also looking for anyone with the potential to go on and compete at International level.
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