The biggest inclusive sporting spectacle in the county...

MORE than 300 young people from schools across Devon converged on the Tarka Tennis Centre in Barnstaple on Wednesday (January 31) for the Devon Ability Games.

It’s the biggest inclusive sporting spectacle in the county, providing an opportunity for children with a wide range of abilities to take part in sporting competitions and taster sessions.

Two sporting champions were there: Matti Hemmings, a professional Flatland BMX rider, UK champion and three-times Guinness world record holder; and Nikki Carter, ranked fifth in the world at the senior Irish dancing championships 2017 and a powerlifter.

The Devon Ability Games is all about promoting a positive relationship between sport and disability.

“When you have a disability it’s all about what you can do, not what you can’t,” said Lisa Alford from Active Devon, who organised the event with the support of the School Sports Partnerships.

The young people taking part – more than 300 of them – are from special and mainstream schools across the county. Competitive sports on offer include sitting volleyball, new age curling, table cricket, archery and primary festival.

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