Olympic medallist Gail Emms attends Active Norfolk’s Adult Disability Games

An Olympic medallist today (Wednesday) helped promote disability sport opportunities in Norfolk as hundreds of people got the chance to try different activities.

Active Norfolk held its fourth annual Adult Disability Games at the Sportspark at the University of East Anglia.

The event, which continues tomorrow (Thursday), saw more than 200 adults with disabilities take part in a range of sports including gymnastics, golf, archery and volleyball.

They also got the chance to meet former world badminton champion Gail Emms.

The badminton mixed doubles silver medallist at Athens, who retired from the sport after Beijing, said: 'I'm really passionate about sport and the Olympic and Paralympic Games and from the start of this year, there's been a real buzz about them.

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'What's been apparent is the interest and support for the Paralympics. It's great to see how disability sport has come on. Sport should be fun and you really sense that here.

'There's the ethos of being the best you can be and you don't know what you're good at unless you try it, and it's been fantastic to see today how enthusiastic everyone has been.'

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The annual event is aimed at providing a fun and safe sporting festival for adults with physical and/or learning disabilities.

Qualified coaches are on hand and over the two days, participants, aged from 16 to 75, will have tried 18 different sports.

Ellen Vanlint, from Active Norfolk, said: 'It's been a really good day with lots going on and lots of smiles on people's faces.

'It's been great having Gail here, it's really made it a great day.'

A further 120 people are expected to take part in the event tomorrow. Sports on offer will include badminton, cricket and climbing.

Anyone wishing to take part, should call Active Norfolk on 01603 31566.

Do you have an Olympics story? Call reporter Kate Scotter on 01603 772326 or email kate.scotter@archant.co.uk.

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