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Cork SportsAbility Day 2019

 

Cork SportsAbility Day 2019 Hits Record Numbers!

 

A record of over 550 people attended the Mardyke Arena UCC for Cork SportsAbility Day on Saturday April 6th. The event, sponsored by Blackwater Motors Volkswagen aims to increase awareness of, and participation in sport and physical activity for people with disabilities.

Visitors were treated to over 25 different sport and physical activity, come and try opportunities ranging from Table Tennis, Adapted Tag Rugby, Cycling with Adapted Bikes, Young Athletes Programme, Golf and Powerchair Football to name a few.  

Speaking after the event, Coordinator with Cork Sports Partnership, Kristine Meenaghan highlighted ‘The key message for the day was to “Find Your Activity” and with the variety of activities on offer, this year’s event certainly provided that opportunity’.

Visitors also had the opportunity to meet with over 20 organisations and clubs who provided information and advice on upcoming events, programmes and supports available for people with disabilities in sport.

Kate Feeney, Sports Inclusion Disability Officer with Cork Sports Partnership outlined her appreciation for the role the organisations played in the day stating ‘This event celebrated all things SportsAbility in Cork and Cork SportsAbility Forum would like to thank all the clubs, community groups and sporting organisations who provided opportunities for people to try a new activity and made this day a huge success!’

There were a number of exciting new initiatives to the 2019 schedule including a ‘Your Voice In Sport’ panel, facilitated by CEO of the Federation of Irish Sport, Mary O’ Connor. The panel of role models which included Eileen Simpson and Martin Kilbane represented the views of parents and coaches involved in disability sport as well as Para Sport Athletes, Mary Fitzgerald and Jordan Lee who encouraged all in attendance to believe in themselves saying; 

Working hard and believing in yourself and your abilities will help you to achieve whatever it is you set out to’.

The day, which was the opening event of Cork SportsAbility Week was also attended by Lord Mayor, Councillor Mick Finn who officially launched the week-long celebration of inclusion in sport. In addressing the large crowd in attendance, Councillor Finn highlighted his support for the event and for people with a disability to take part in sport saying ‘This is a fantastic occasion with a focus on ability’. He added ‘It is all about participation and I hope that everyone finds something new that they will enjoy’.

Following SportsAbility Day, a further 400 people with a disability took part in 23 events with clubs from across Cork City and County hosting FREE Come and Try sessions for people with a disability to encourage people to get involved in sport and physical activity. Cork SportsAbility Week is sponsored by Sean Leahy and Acorn Life Fermoy and activities during the week included gymnastics, swimming, badminton, amputee football, youth 5km, rowing, wheelchair basketball and indoor bowls to name a few. 

In addition, 30 people upskilled in disability awareness and inclusion training throughout the week in a bid to make their community clubs and organisations more inclusive.

 

Cork SportsAbility Day and Week 2019 was a huge success and we would like to thank everyone who played their part!

Help promote all things SportsAbility in Cork by joining our Facebook & Twitter #CorkSportsAbility Campaign. 

 

For more information on any of the above please contact (Sports Inclusion Disability Officer) Kate Feeney on kfeeney@corksports.ie or call 021 4347096

 

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