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Cork SportsAbility Day 2018

Cork SportsAbility Day & Week 2018

On Saturday April 21st Cork Sports Partnership & Cork SportsAbility Forum hosted Cork SportsAbility Day 2018 at the Mardyke Arena UCC and launched the second annual Cork SportsAbility Week. Cork SportsAbility Day was kindly sponsored by Blackwater Motors Volkswagen and promotes sports and physical activity for people with a disability.

From early morning clubs and organisations were arriving at the Mardyke Arena to set up information stands and prepare for the days activities. Come and Try sessions in Table Tennis, archery, blind tennis, badminton and powerchair football were the first activities of the day. Visitors were keen to get involved in the wide range of different sports on offer.

Padraig Healy Sports Inclusion Disability Officer said “The aim of Cork SportsAbility Day in to increase awareness and inform the public of activities available in the community for people of all abilities. With 28 information stands & lots of Come & Try Sessions visitors had lots of activities to keep them active”.

The opening ceremony was held at 1pm, the audience were addressed by Padraig Healy, Sports Inclusion Disability Officer with Cork Sports Partnership. He thanked Blackwater Motors, Volkswagen for their kind sponsorship and partners to the event the Mardyke Arena UCC. He continued to thank the Cork SportsAbility Forum organising committee for their hard work in preparing for the event. Special guest Sinead Kane spoke about the positive impact sport has had on her life and how she has overcome the challenge of having a vision impairment to set a Guinness World Record to be the first Visiion impaired athletes to complete the World Marathon Challenge which involves completing 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days. Sinead officially opened the Cork SportsAbility Day and launched the second annual Cork SportsAbility Week initiative.

Terence McSweeny Manager of Adapted Physical Activity & Sports Department and member of the organising committee stated “SportsAbility day gives us an opportunity to share our passion for physical activity and sport, to offer each other opportunities to try new and novel activities, to be adventurous, to meet like-minded advocates for inclusive sport and to simply engage in healthy activity which is vigorous, challenging, sociable and above all fun and friendly – the energy on the day was very positive, empowering and fuel for a movement which is gaining ever increasing momentum in the region. Sports for All, Physical Activity for all and we simply want to make sure All means All!”

He continued to say “Cork people have a well-deserved reputation for loving all sports – we want to add to that reputation and have Cork recognised as the place with a truly inclusive physical activity and sports culture. The growth in the number of events taking place during SportsAbility Week shows spirit of inclusiveness in our community around promoting sport and physical activity opportunities for people with a disability.”

Cork SportsAbility Week continued until Sunday April 28th with a record 21 events held all over Cork City and County for people with a disability. The week long programmes of activities was sponsored by Sean Leahy and Acorn Life Fermoy.  





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