STAGING Paralympic stars gather for inaugural Sports Fest - British Rowing

Paralympic stars gather for inaugural Sports Fest


Surrey Park – one of the training grounds for the Olympic and Paralympic Games – played host to the inaugural ParalympicsGB Sports Fest last week, attended by more than 1000 people.

The two-day event attracted people of all ages and abilities keen to try their hand at 23 different Paralympics sports – including adaptive rowing on indoor rowing machines.


More than 850 people visited the British Rowing stand over the course of the event, having a go on eight indoor rowing machines.

Participants were given coaching in British Rowing technique, and took part in a one-minute race against their friends, teachers, parents and carers or simply against other Sports Fest participants.

The GB Rowing Team’s Mary McLachlan and Tom Dyson were among the guest speakers at the blockbuster ParalympicsGB event, which also featured Jonnie Peacock, Natasha Baker, Mark Colbourne and a host of London 2012 stars.

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