Hackney residents make a splash at Disability Open Day

Hackney residents made a splash when they tried canoeing at a Hackney Disability Open Day.

The day of activities at Stoke Newington West Reservoir Centre gave local people of all ages the chance to try a range of sports that also included athletics, wheelchair basketball and boccia – a Paralympic sport similar to boules.

A sensory soft play area and arts and crafts added to the fun at the free event on Sunday 19 July.

Cllr Guy Nicholson, Hackney Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, said: “Hackney Disability Open Days are a fantastic way for residents to enjoy trying different sports and making new friends. As Hackney is a host borough for the 2012 Games, the Council hopes we can inspire residents of all abilities to get active and take part in new activities.”

Hackney Disability Open Days are run three times a year at leisure centres across the borough and are aimed at disabled residents to provide an opportunity for people to try new sports and visit one of Hackney’s many leisure centres where they can participate in a range of sports. Non-disabled residents are also welcome to attend.

The events are run in partnership between Hackney Council’s 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Unit, the borough’s leisure managers GLL, The Hackney Ark and the Learning Trust.