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Paralympian meets Driffield youngsters

Go Kids Go! - Wheel Chair skill workshop with a visit from patrons Ade Adepitan; the Paralympic medalist and TV presenter and  Beverley Actress Eleanor Tomlinson aswell as civic guests

Go Kids Go! - Wheel Chair skill workshop with a visit from patrons Ade Adepitan; the Paralympic medalist and TV presenter and Beverley Actress Eleanor Tomlinson aswell as civic guests

Youngsters from Driffield enjoyed fun and games with paralympic medallist, Ade Adeptian.

The wheelchair basketball player and BBC TV presenter spent time with youngsters from Driffield, Beverley and the surrounding villages, who all use wheelchairs during a Go Kids Go! training event at Beverley Grammar School on Sunday 15 December.

The event saw the youngsters learn to wheelchairl skills to use in everyday life such as manoeuvres to get over curbs amongst others.

Mr Adeptian was joined at the event by Go Kids Go patron, Beverley born actress Eleanor Tomlinson, Mp Graham Stuart and Chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Claude Mole.

Roy Wild, training manager at Go Kids Go! said: “It was a Go Kids Go wheelchair skills workshop which was followed by our end of year celebration. Ade did some training with the youngsters, who are all in wheelchairs, teaching them skills they will use everyday, such as back drop to get over curbs and up steps and they had a game of wheelchair basketball.

“Ade was joined by our other patron, Eleanor Tomlinson, and a number civic dignitaries who stayed for the Christmas party.”

Go Kids Go! provided training to a young Mr Adeptian after he became wheelchair bound after contracting polio which resulted in the loss of his left leg.

He has since gone on to win gold medals at both the 2004 Summer Paralympics in Athens and at the 2005 Paralympic World Cup in Manchester with the Great Britain Wheelchair Basketball team.

Mr Wild added: “It was absolutely fantastic to have Ade with us. He was one of the first young wheelchair users to use our wheelchair skills workshops.

“He is a great role model for all of the young people we train as he just goes to show that the fact that being in a wheelchair should never stop you from going on to lead an active, successful career.”

Go Kids Go! is a small national charity and with the mission to enable young wheelchair-users throughout the UK to become independently mobile.

The charity’s primary objective is to equip young wheelchair-users with the skills to help them reach their full potential and also to increase their confidence.

For more information on Go Kids Go! and the courses they have to offer visit their website: www.go-kids-go.org.uk

 

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