Meet a Hackney Paralympian and mark two years to go

Hackney residents have the chance to meet local Paralympic swimmer Dervis Konuralp and find out about opportunities linked to the 2012 Games.

The Council is running a series of lunchtime events to mark the fact that it s now two years to go until the start of the 2012 Paralympic Games (29 August).

There will be the chance to find out about volunteering, training, employment, sports for disabled and non-disabled residents, the legacy from the Games and more.

The events run from 12.30 to 1.30pm, Tues 31 Aug to Fri 3 Sept at the 2012 information stand in the Hackney Service Centre, 1 Hillman Street, E8 (behind Hackney Town Hall).

Schedule -

Tuesday: meet Dervis Konuralp, Paralympic swimmer and medal winner, and Hackney resident

Wednesday: find out about community opportunities

Thursday: find out about the legacy of the 2012 Games for Hackney

Friday: find out about sports for disabled and non-disabled residents

Hackney Council runs a wide range of clubs for disabled residents including sessions in athletics, Boccia (Paralympic sport similar to Boules), goalball, swimming and wheelchair basketball.

Three times a year Activity for All open days are held at leisure centres across the borough, which are designed to inspire disabled people across the borough to try out new sports and realise their potential. They are run by the borough’s leisure managers GLL, Hackney Council s 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Unit, Hackney Ark resource centre, NHS City & Hackney and the Learning Trust.

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