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Team spirit at disabled games

PUBLISHED: 18:07 28 May 2008 | UPDATED: 15:50 16 August 2010

YOUNG people with physical and learning difficulties competed in a national athletics contest. Some 120 athletes, aged between 11 and 19,

YOUNG people with physical and learning difficulties competed in a national athletics contest.

Some 120 athletes, aged between 11 and 19, competed in track and field events at the Exeter Arena last Wednesday, at the largest ever England Athletics South West Disability Championships.

Vincent Barton, 17, from Bromley, who attends the Dame Hannah Roger's school competed in the 60-metre race using his meywalker.

PE co-ordinator at the school, Nicky Lloyd, said: "It was a fantastic day. The students taking part always really look forward to the games.

"The team spirit on the day was second to none. It was great to see our students really get behind each other and cheer each other over the finish line.

"One student, Matthew, was even using his electronic talker and keyboard to congratulate his teammates."

The winning athletes will now go on to compete at the National Disability Championships in Blackpool and the UK School Games in Bath, at the end of August.

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