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Club supports Paralympic handover

Posted on 22 September 2008  - 12:00

As London accepted the responsibility to become the next hosts of both the Olympic and Paralympic games, Tottenham Hotspur joined in the celebrations at the official handovers in Enfield and Haringey.

Club supports Paralympic handover

As London accepted the responsibility to become the next hosts of both the Olympic and Paralympic games, Tottenham Hotspur joined in the celebrations at the official handovers in Enfield and Haringey.

Both London boroughs held independent ceremonies to mark the involvement local Paralympians hope to play at London 2012.

Coaches and participants were joined by reserve team players David Hutton and Danny Hutchins in demonstrations of disability sports activities in Enfield and Haringey.

Midfielder Danny attended the Haringey event at Power League at the Frederick Knights Sports Ground in Tottenham, taking part in activities such as boccia, boxing and cycling.

The event was organised by Haringey Mencap Ltd in partnership with Haringey Council Recreation Services, and was also attended by the Mayor of Haringey, Councillor Alan Dobbie, among other dignitaries.

Danny said: "It was an honour for me to attend an event like this. Haringey is already gearing up towards the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, and the handover is an important part.

Haringey

"It was interesting for me to see the range of different sports and activities on offer to people with disabilities and an eye-opener to take part in some of them."

Cllr Dhiren Basu, Haringey cabinet member for leisure, culture and lifelong learning said: "We are determined to do all we can to ensure that Haringey is well represented at the London 2012 Paralympics.

"We believe the Paralympic handover is the ideal time to promote the opportunities available, and I hope this event will be just the first step towards creating future Paralympic champions."

Promising teenage winger David Hutton joined Paralympians past and present at Lea Valley Athletics Centre to meet the rising stars from Enfield's successful sports disability team.

David said: "This ceremony highlights the Paralympics handover and the role the people in Enfield will play in what we hope will be the best Paralympics on record.

"Our British Paralympians did a tremendous job in Beijing and having spent time with some of the young athletes here today I'm sure we'll be seeing more of the same in London in a few years time."

Enfield

Cllr Jon Kaye, Enfield cabinet member for leisure, culture and Olympics, said: "This is a great showcase for the borough's talent and a celebration in every way for sport in our borough.

"Sports clubs are particularly welcome and they will be able to find out how they can become inclusive clubs promoting their sport to all abilities. This event is packed with fun and activity - there's so much to enjoy."