Paralympics at hospital

Paralympics held at Pinderfields Spinal Injuries Centre for patients and staff.'w312b236
Paralympics held at Pinderfields Spinal Injuries Centre for patients and staff.'w312b236

THE spirit of London 2012 came to Pinderfields Hospital when a mini-Paralympics was staged.

There was javelin and bean bag throwing, welly wanging, relay races and slalom at the event at the hospital’s Spinal Injuries Centre.

Health professionals and staff took part in the games, organised to honour the achievements of disabled athletes at the Paralympic Games in London.

Fiona Elliott, senior physiotherapist at the centre, said: “The Paralympics show us just how much people with disabilities can achieve and accomplish.

“With our own mini-Paralympics we are creating opportunities for spinal injury patients at the centre to excel to the best of their ability as well as having a bit of fun.”

Patients competed against each other, while doctors and physiotherapists got into wheelchairs to take part in the event.

And medals and genuine London 2012 Olympic mugs were presented to the winners and runners-up

Miss Elliot said: “Taking part in wheelchairs ourselves gives us a chance to see life from our patients’ perspective.

“We appreciate that it’s not always easy and requires great strength of mind and body.”