Regional sports for disabled set

THE sun was shining yesterday for the inaugural regional sports day for people with disabilities.

Like a mini special Olympics, more than 40 people with varying disabilities travelled from across the Clarence Valley to take part in the sports day at the Maclean Showground.

Event organiser Lorraine Kerr, a support worker with the Clarence Valley Council, said the program went well.

“Everyone had a great time,” Ms Kerr said.

“The rain held out which was really good and they all really enjoyed themselves.”

There was a range of sports on offer including foot races, electric and push wheelchair events, kick the football, spoon competitions and putt putt golf.

“We gave out trophies for all of the different sports and it will definitely be on again next year,” Ms Kerr said.

Although all of the competitors were winners on the day, Caringa Enterprises, from Grafton, sported a successful team with the Caringa Roos winning the relay and best banner competition.

Clarence Valley Mayor Richie Williamson said he had a fantastic morning hanging out at the sports event for the disabled.

“There were lots of smiles on people's faces,” Cr Williamson said. “They are a really fun lot to be around and a really special part of the community.”

Cr Williamson said he would have liked to have had a swing of the golf clubs, but his busy schedule dragged him away.

The sporting event was so successful it will become an annual feature on the Clarence Valley Council calendar.

“Disabled people are an important part of our community and days like this give them opportunity to promote friendship and self-esteem,” Cr Williamson said.

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