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​Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson will arrive in Stafford for Rotary event

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: August 26, 2014

Paralympian Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson

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ONE of Britain’s most successful paralympians Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson will be the special guest at Rotary’s disability sport fun day in Stafford next month.

Baroness Tanni, 45, will attend the key Rotary event at Beaconside Sports Centre, Staffordshire University, on September 14.

A total of 55 Rotary clubs throughout Staffordshire, Shropshire and parts of the West Midlands will come together to provide competition, fun and fellowship for people with a variety of disabilities. The event will be free for visitors.

Beverley Ricketts, Rotary District 1210 Disability Sport Co-ordinator, said: “Rotary organises this annual event for everyone with a disability in the area and there is an open invitation to join in regardless of age or ability.

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“We hope as many people as possible will attend and take part. There will be Rotarian helpers from many of the 55 clubs to provide a wide variety of sports, games and other activities.

“We want to make this a great family day out and expect up to 100 or so competitors.

“The emphasis is on fun and taking part, though we do award medals and certificates which are eagerly awaited by all the competitors.”

Beverley said there was no restriction on who could join in and everyone was given a certificate of achievement.

She said: “We welcome wheelchair users, people with learning disabilities, visual or hearing impairment or who have long term conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s, stroke survivors, arthritis or diabetes. In fact, anyone with a disability of any type.”

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