Paralympic medalist urges Wakefield to pool its resources

LIQUID ASSETS: Paralympian Claire Cashmore at Normanton swimming pool with, from left, Coun David Dagger, Simon LeRoy, Jack Birkby and Louise Purdy.
LIQUID ASSETS: Paralympian Claire Cashmore at Normanton swimming pool with, from left, Coun David Dagger, Simon LeRoy, Jack Birkby and Louise Purdy.
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Record-breaking Paralympic medalist Claire Cashmore was making a splash in Wakefield this week to encourage people to dive into a sporty new volunteer scheme.

Claire, who took bronze in the 2004 paralympics, was at Normanton Swimming Pool, Wakefield earlier this week to promote the new Sport Maker events being delivered around the district.

The events will provide information on how to get sport or activity sessions going with friends, colleagues, neighbours or the local community. Claire, a medallist at both the Athens and Beijing Paralympics and a double world champion in Rio in 2009, was visiting Normanton in a bid to get more people to sign up.

People taking part in Sports Makers need to be 16 years or older and after completing 10 hours of sports volunteering, will receive free official merchandise and will be entered into a draw to win pairs of tickets to major events at the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Coun David Dagger, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for sport, said: “Whether it’s planning the route, finding the pitch or encouraging people to take part, becoming a sport maker is a great opportunity to get involved and play your part.

“I urge anyone who is interested in becoming more involved with sports in their local area to go along to these events and find out more about becoming a sports maker.”

Wakefield residents getting involved will become one of 40,000 new Sports Makers nationally.

Sports Makers events will be taking place across the district in the next few months at The Gaskell Sports Pavilion, City of Wakefield Golf Course on March 15, 6-9pm; Minsthorpe Community College, April 18, 6-9pm; Knottingley Sports Centre, April 26, 6-9pm; Ackworth Community Centre, June 25, 6-9pm and at Normanton Community Centre, July 3, 1-4pm.

For more information or to register for one of the events visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/sportmakers or ring 01924 302481.

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