Discovery Day event has Paralympic flavour

Almost 90 children with special needs, from six different schools attended the 2012 Discovery Day event at the Angel Centre in Tonbridge.

The day, which was organised by Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council and sponsored by Fidelity Worldwide Investments and the Tonbridge Lions Club, took on a Paralympian theme.  It was with some excitement that almost 90 children with special needs, from six different schools across Tonbridge and Malling, took part in a wide range of sporting activities, including the Paralympic sports of athletics, boccia, judo, football and tennis for which every child received a medal.

The event was opened by the Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling, Cllr Dave Davis and Michael Stout, President of the Tonbridge Lions Club.

The Mayor, Cllr Dave Davis said “This has been a perfect way to celebrate the success of the recent Paralympics by bringing the games to life here in Tonbridge for these young people. It has been a fantastic event, and it has been a joy to see the children showing such skill at the games, and having such fun.”

This year the children had a very special treat when they were able to see and hold one of the Paralympic Torches, which was carried at the Paralympic Games by Bill Parkinson, Health and Safety Officer for Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council and a member of the Rotary Club team.

Bill Parkinson says: “Carrying the Torch at the Paralympic Games was a magnificent and emotional moment and I shall never forget it but it was just as thrilling to share my once in a lifetime experience with the children and watch their faces light up as they held the torch aloft.”

Photo: Pupils from Oakley School, Tonbridge with Bill Parkinson holding his Paralympic Torch.  Standing: Dick Marcroft (far left) and Jemima Yeats-Brown (far right), both coaches from the Tonbridge Judo Club, two sports leaders from the Weald of Kent School and Chris Bowles, Tonbridge Judo Club’s Head Coach.





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