Children celebrate Olympics with their own event

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A CLUB for children with special needs got into the Olympic spirit by holding a fun event with music and sport to celebrate the games.

Worthing Kids and Dapper Snapper (WKDS) held an event to celebrate the Olympics at Maybridge Keystone Centre, in Raleigh Way, Goring.

Activities included fun races and games, football skills sessions, inclusive sports sessions organised by Enable Me, including wheelchair races and boccia – all of which was accompanied by announcements and music from former CBBC presenter Dave Benson Philips.
Later in the day a torch parade was led by Claire Moyles, who runs Special Olympics Worthing and who was an official Olympic torch bearer, and children followed, waving flags provided by Enable Me.

There was also a chance for everyone to have their photo taken holding the torch.

Dave Benson Philips provided a music show and incorporated Makaton signing, which many of the children use to aid their communication.

The former TV presenter also gave medals to each of the children at the games, which was also attended by Hazel Thorpe, president of Worthing Lions, and Cam Hughes, the youth mayor of Worthing.

“Nothing about the day could have gone better. Everywhere you looked there were smiling faces and squeals of laughter. It was so wonderful, I am so pleased,” said event’s co-ordinator Lydia Wilson.

Michelle Hodges, WKDS chairman, said: “What a lovely day was had by all. Thank you to everyone that came and made the day a success.”

WKDS provides activities for children and young people with additional needs and support for their families, including swimming lessons, drama and dance, and regular morning and after-school get-togethers.

For more information on all of the group’s events, or to become a member, phone 07570 768893, visit www.wkds.org or email info@wkds.org