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Town honours stars of Games

Paralympians Shelly Woods, David Heaton and Justine Moore, with plaques they received from the council in honour of their achievements in 2012.

Paralympians Shelly Woods, David Heaton and Justine Moore, with plaques they received from the council in honour of their achievements in 2012.

  • by Shelagh Parkinson
 

BLACKPOOL’S Paralympic heroes have been honoured by civic chiefs.

A presentation was made to wheelchair athlete Shelly Woods, and fencers David Heaton and Justine Moore in honour of their achievements at the 2012 London games.

Layton-raised Shelly, who won a silver medal in the women’s wheelchair marathon, said the success was partly down to the provision of sporting facilities in the town.

She said: “After suffering my accident and growing up, sport for me was first a hobby, then a passion and then an addiction.

“You get addicted to the adrenaline and the fun of it.

“Racing in London was amazing, I never thought 90,000 people would come to watch Paralympic sport.

“But I wouldn’t have got where I have without support in Blackpool.

“I think we are very fortunate to have disability sports clubs in this area and there are so many great things happening in Blackpool in sport, and there are some great facilities.

“Recently, I was asked to judge some All Stars awards by The Gazette, and there are so many talented youngsters, and they wouldn’t be able to continue with their sport without the facilities we have in Blackpool.”

Blackpool Mayor Coun Sylvia Taylor presented the sporting stars with plaques in the council chamber before Wednesday’s council meeting.

 

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