MEP challenges Thurrock schools to be part of paralympic legacy
Date posted: 05-09-2012
EVERY school in Thurrock is being asked to involve local disabled youngsters in sports as part of the legacy of the Paralympic Games.
The message comes in a special “Paralympic Post” about the Games, being delivered to every school in the county tomorrow (Thursday 6 September), and is the brainchild of Essex Euro MP Richard Howitt.
The Labour Euro MP, who is a lifelong disability rights campaigner, helped set up the project in which aspiring young journalists write about the Games to inspire their peers to take forward the Paralympic spirit.
The publication is being distributed to 5 million readers across the whole of Europe, inserted in mainstream magazines and newspapers, and will arrive in local schools in the “Secondary Education” magazine.
Richard Howitt MEP who is a lifelong disability rights campaigner, said:
“The aim to ‘Inspire a generation’ is even more important for the Paralympics, as it provides a challenge to both disabled and able-bodied young people to come together in integrated sports clubs and activities.
“Most of Team GB’s Paralympic competitors have trained alongside their Olympic counterparts, and there is every reason for local clubs and leagues to do the same.
“Disability sports have moved a long way in to the mainstream, and by putting ‘Paralympic Post’ in existing publications sends a message that we can all do even more to make it happen.
“I am deeply proud Britain has been such a successful host of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and equally honoured that I was asked to take on this role to make the legacy a reality.”
Richard Howitt MEP was originally asked two years ago by producers of ‘Paralympic Post’ from previous Games since 2004 to help find British partners to enable it to be produced for London 2012.
This is the first time it is being produced in Britain.
The Labour Euro MP has also helped attract Paralympic teams to training facilities in the region, trained himself with local disabled athletes and taken part in events to promote the bumper ticket sales for the Games.
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