Team BRIT spent time with disabled sports children from across East Anglia during their race weekend at Snetterton.
On Friday 4th August, seven children from schools across the region, who are supported by the Panathlon Foundation, visited the team during their practice session. The children all live with disabilities and are supported by the charity, which provides competitive sports opportunities specially designed for young people with disabilities.
The team held a testing and practice session on Friday ahead of Saturday’s 6-hour endurance race and spent time with the children, telling them their story and showing them their specially adapted race car. The car features world leading hand control technology that allows their drivers to race on equal terms with able-bodied competitors.
Those visiting included 14 yr-old Alisha Orris of Thomas Wolsey School in Ipswich who is practically blind in one eye and has taken part in Panathlon competitions including running, standing jump and table cricket, and Panathlon’s ‘Outstanding Achiever’ winner, 9-year-old Riley Barber of Albert Pye School in Beccles, who has dyspraxia and learning difficulties.
Children from the John Grant School in Caistor-on-Sea also attended with their families.
Across Norfolk and Suffolk , over 600 young disabled children competed within Panathlon's events in the 2016/17 academic year.
Panathlon Chief Operating Officer Tony Waymouth said “This was a fantastic opportunity for young disabled people in our programme to experience the thrill of a motorsport event and have a real life experience with the environment of a motorsport driver. The opportunity to inspire young disabled people through being able to see what can be achieved, and how goals they never thought they were capable of achieving can be realised, is priceless. Meeting Team BRIT gave us the opportunity to showcase this.”
Team BRIT Founder Dave Player said, “It was wonderful to meet the children this weekend and to hear more about the fantastic work of Panathlon. These young people are facing challenges every day, in a similar way to our drivers, and we want to show them that anything is possible with the right drive, determination and support.”
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