Students join VIPs at multi-sports event
SPORTS students from South Devon College joined special guests to help out at the Autumn multi-sports event at Torbay Leisure Centre.
The day allowed people with disabilities the chance to get involved and take part in 15 different sports.
London Wheelchair Marathon winner Sarah Piercy was among the special guests talking about their experiences at the event, together with England wheelchair badminton players Paul Gray and Dave Follett.
They gave inspirational talks about their rise to sporting glory and about how others can follow in their footsteps.
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The event, ran by charity ROC Active, alongside partner organisations Sport England and Active Devon, aims to encourage people with disabilities to continue to participate in sport.
Sports on offer included boccia, badminton, football and tag rugby, and each were run by volunteers from a variety of different organisations.
Students from SDC and Paignton Community College were given the opportunity to support the participants on their stations and gain experience working with those with disabilities.
This allowed students to observe different teaching and coaching strategies that they can utilise in the development of their careers.
Josh Furnaeux, a second year sports science student at South Devon College, believed the day had a profound effect on everyone involved.
He said: "It was a great experience and gave me a great insight into the work of volunteers.
"Everyone involved came away with a great sense of achievement and thoroughly enjoyed their day."
The finale to the event included a fantastic wheelchair dancing display by ROC on Wheels, and ROC Active Torbay manager Bobby Singh play four nations wheelchair badminton player Follett in an exhibition match.
A Zumba dance performed by all in the sports hall, lead by instructor Paul Harrison, finished the day.
All participants were awarded a medal by the special guests for their efforts over the course of the day.