ActivLives held their first Inclusive Badminton Tournament since the pandemic, recently in Ipswich. The tournament was a great success with 18 players competing in the Singles competition, with a series of ‘Head Starts’ making things really competitive in all of the divisions. All of the players then combined to form two teams to contest the Team Relay – a mixture of singles and doubles games with the first team to reach 54 points the winner!
“It felt like all of the competitors were really glad to be back, it has been nearly two years since any of our players have had an opportunity to compete”, said Mike McCarthy, ActivSport Development Officer. “The standard of play, and more importantly, the determination of the players to enjoy the opportunity to compete, was a real joy to watch”.
Julie Stokes, ActivLives CEO said, “The quality of the rallies was exceptional and the scoring was really close, there was a real buzz of excitement throughout the day”.
Many thanks to all of the great volunteers who made it happen, and to all of the partner organisations who support ActivLives in promoting Inclusive Badminton in the Ipswich area including, Special Olympics Suffolk, Suffolk Community Foundation, Active Suffolk, Suffolk County Council and our hosts, Ipswich Borough Council.
If you would like to know more about Inclusive Sport with ActivLives, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 01473 345350.
The ActivLives Inclusive Badminton Tournament is being held in Ipswich on the 20th November.
This tournament is targeted at our own local players who play regularly with ActivLives – many of the competitors also compete in Special Olympics competitions.
This will be a Singles tournament consisting of round-robin group games. All of the competitors will be ‘divisioned’ based upon their playing abilities, with a system of ‘head starts’ also being used to try to ensure that there are plenty of close games. It is planned to round the event off with a Team Relay, making use of a novel format used at a recent Youth Olympics. Prior entry for the competitors will be required.
All of the umpires and scorers for this event will be volunteers – thank you in advance to all of them!
The event will be delivered by ActivLives, with the support of Special Olympics Suffolk.
Covid-19 measures (Hands-Face-Space-Fresh Air), will be in place at this event.
Click here for more information or contact Mike McCarthy, ActivSport Development Officer 07531 236442
There was a great atmosphere at Whitton Sports Centre in Ipswich earlier this week, as 36 participants, from across Suffolk, came together to take part in the ActivLives Boccia Festival, in celebration of National Boccia Day 2021.
The event was supported by players from a variety of local disability organisations including Avenues East Ipswich and Stowmarket, Wots Up, Papworth Trust and Mid-Suffolk Axis.
The day also had star quality as Evie Edwards, recently returned from representing Paralympics GB in Tokyo, was on hand throughout the event to meet players and to present the awards.
A big ‘thank you’ must go to all of the great ActivLives volunteers who gave their time, skills and energy to make it all happen. Thank you also to Active Suffolk, SCC and IBC, for their support with this event.
A group of ActivLives/Special Olympics Suffolk Badminton players went over to Cambridge recently, to support the Disability Festival as part of the Badminton England ‘Big Hit’ initiative. Our group of 10 players, were brilliantly supported by family members and friends. The ‘Big Hit’ initiative is part of the Badminton England follow up to the successful Paralympics Badminton in Tokyo. ActivLives held a ‘Bring a Guest’ session, earlier in the same week, which was also part of the ‘Big Hit’. A big thank you to all who supported these events. If you would like to know more about Inclusive Badminton in Ipswich for players with a learning disability, please contact Mike at ActivLives on 07531 236442.
Fulfilling a dream she’s had since taking up athletics many years ago, Suffolk athlete Hetty Bartlett has been honoured with selection for the delayed 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games which gets underway today. Making her debut for ParalympicsGB in the T38 Long Jump on 31st August will represent just reward for many hard years training for sprints and long jump. As a member of Orwell Panthers Athletics Club and Special Olympics Suffolk, she has won many national events over the years. In 2019 she won Gold in the 200m at the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi. Now a member of the ParalympicsGB athletics squad the door has opened for her to compete with the best in the world in the T38 classification. All at Orwell Panthers Athletics Club and Special Olympics Suffolk wish her every success at the Games and for her future in Paralympic competition
Inclusive Badminton sessions, delivered by ActivLives in partnership with Special Olympics Suffolk, will be returning for the new season, in Ipswich, on the 1st September. If you would like to find out more, please email email@example.com or call on 01473 345350.
Special Olympics Suffolk partners, ActivLives, continue to deliver inclusive boccia sessions for players with a learning disability, in partnership with local provider Avenues East. The sessions, which are held in Stowmarket and Ipswich, are being supported by Active Suffolk and Sport England through the Tackling Inequalities Fund.
Sacha Feeney-Howells, Avenues East Project Coordinator, said, ‘The people that access our daytime activity groups love playing boccia, they work as a team encouraging each other, they are clearly improving their skills and take pride in their achievements. Boccia is a super sport for all abilities and great fun to play! We look forward to more sessions and more partnerships with ActivLives’.
For more information, contact Mike McCarthy, ActivSport Manager, 07531 236442