Inspired by the Paralympics, athletes show what they're made of

Athletes compete in a mini-Paralympics

High hopes: Luke Baker takes on the high jump SP69869

Thomas Barton goes in the high jump SP69869

Jack Pickering flies high in the mini Paralympics SP69869

Stephen Barnett takes off in the long jump SP69869

Alan Armstrong in the shot putt SP69869

Dayana Anthony and Geoffrey Collins in the wheelchair race

First published in Sport

Inspired by the Paralympics, athletes converged on the Sutton Arena to take part in an athletics championship for people with learning difficulties and complex needs.

The athletes, who competed in events such as archery, relay races and long jump, started the day with a procession of international flags led by an Olympic torch.

At the end of the day, David Hemery, the 1968 Olympic 400m hurdles gold medalist, presented all the athletes with their medals.

He said: “These kind of events really prove the power of sport in uniting and empowering people of all abilities.”

The Championship was organised in partnership with Fitness 4 Fun, which works with care providers CMG to promote the benefits of unified sports.

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