Coaching pledge inspired by Games

A city teenager has been inspired by the Paralympic Games to run wheelchair basketball coaching sessions for youngsters.

Elliott Waterfield, who has played wheelchair basketball for seven years, is hoping to get more people involved in the sport after signing up to Active Norfolk's Pledge 2012 scheme. The 17-year-old from Norwich is a Grade 1 wheelchair basketball coach and hopes to pursue coaching as a career when he finishes school.

Elliott, who has a rare condition called thrombocytopenia and absent radius (Tar) syndrome, which means he has no radial bones, said: 'Give it a try. It is great fun and builds up your muscle tone in your arms.

'The sport teaches you to play as a team, and we have a great time socialising outside the club as well.'

The City of Norwich School (CNS) pupil was first invited to attend the Norfolk County Athlete assessment Day in 2010 after attending one of Active Norfolk's Playground to Podium days earlier that year.

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He plays in national tournaments and has also been an assistant coach in subsequent talent identification sessions, where delivered some of the sessions.

Through Pledge 2012, which calls on the people of Norfolk to make a fitness or health commitment in the run-up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Elliott has pledged to run coaching sessions on a regular basis for both beginner and intermediate players.

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