Awards for children with learning difficulties

Two children one from Bury and one from Haverhill who have disabilities took part in the recent Suffolk Youth Games and are receiving gifts and certificates for their efforts. They belong to the Tigers club run at the leisure centre for youongsters with disabilities.'Pictured: Catherin Plant (16 and from Bury), Brian Jones (Chairman of Abbeycroft leisure) and Ted Sullivan (11 and from Steeple Bumpstead)
Two children one from Bury and one from Haverhill who have disabilities took part in the recent Suffolk Youth Games and are receiving gifts and certificates for their efforts. They belong to the Tigers club run at the leisure centre for youongsters with disabilities.'Pictured: Catherin Plant (16 and from Bury), Brian Jones (Chairman of Abbeycroft leisure) and Ted Sullivan (11 and from Steeple Bumpstead)
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TWO children with learning difficulties have been given awards during a disability awareness event to celebrate their sporting success.

Catherine Plant, 16, of Bury St Edmunds, and Ted Sullivan, 11, of Steeple Bumpstead, near Haverhill, competed in three events in the Suffolk Youth Games as part of Abbeycroft Leisure’s West Suffolk Tigers disability team.

It is the first time such a team has entered and the pair helped St Edmundsbury finish third out of five in their group.

They were presented with certificates, backpacks, Paralympic pins and London 2012 water bottles during a disability sport showcase day, which was organised by the charity Optua at Bury Leisure Centre.

Catherine, who is a pupil at County Upper School, said: “It felt really good to win an award. I enjoy being part of the Tigers because I get to do sport and meet new people.”

About 200 people attended the showcase day which offered disability sport taster sessions and Olympic and Paralympic themed theatre, music and dance workshops.

Groups taking part in the event included Bury Town Wanderers and Bury Bombers.

Organiser David Finn, leisure services manager for Optua, said: “It’s important that disabled people benefit from the 2012 games. Events like this give people the opportunity to find out a bit more about what’s going on in their local area. It’s about us encouraging people to attend the clubs on a regular basis.”