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York leads the way in increasing disability sport participation

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The City of York have staged their third annual "Celebrating Ability Day” and unveiled new statistics that reveal how they have helped increase disability sport participation following the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Celebrating Ability Day is a free celebration of disability sport in York and the 2013 gathering comes one year on from the hugely successful 2012 event – which was given an inspire mark award.

The award was one of the many disability sporting highlights for York last year as the city was also given the prestigious honour of hosting the London 2012 Paralympic Lantern.

This year’s Celebrating Ability Day saw approximately 150 people take part in a series of sport taster sessions led by voluntary sports clubs, National Governing Bodies of Sport and the Local Authority’s Sport and Active Leisure Team. 

Statistics unveiled around the event this year show that since 2005 when London won the right to stage the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, York has managed to reduce the proportion of disabled adults doing no sport or active recreation sessions by 8%.

Councilor Sonja Crisp, the Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Social Inclusion at City of York Council, said the event provided a fantastic opportunity to challenge the preconceptions and perceptions people have of individuals with disabilities.

"Celebrating Ability Day is a great way to help residents and visitors recognise the opportunities open to disabled people in the city,” said Crisp. 

"York is a city with an active disability sports scene that celebrates inclusion for all and figures show that the number of disabled people taking part in regular sport having significantly increased."

For the last three years since the inaugural Celebrating Ability Day in 2011, York has been working on setting up new inclusive and disability sport activities.

This project will receive a major boost from Sport England’s Inclusive Sport fund with an additional £248,000 set to go to York over the next three years.

York’s next major inclusive sporting event will be the Sky Ride  next month on the 14th September where adapted bikes and hand cycles will allow people with a disability to participate in this mass cycling event alongside hopefully 7000 other cyclists.

For more information or to participate in the day please go to

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