Super Spencer sparkles at Sheffield

RUNNING STAR ... Spencer Kelly
RUNNING STAR ... Spencer Kelly

Partially sighted Spencer Kelly, from Newby in Scarborough, was one of 100 blind and visually impaired children from the North of England to attend the Boots Opticians Actionnaires Athletics Event, run by Action for Blind People in Sheffield on Saturday.

The seven-year-old athlete is a member of the local Actionnaires club; one of 29 multi-activity clubs for blind and partially sighted children supporting them in enjoying full and active lives.

Spencer took part in a number of activities, including shot put and 100 metres sprint, with other visually impaired children at the prestigious English Institute of Sport in Sheffield. They were representing 15 northern towns and cities.

Spencer, who attends Newby and Scalby Primary School said: “It was a brilliant day. I’ve made friends with other children and found out that because they can’t see, many don’t get a chance to take part in sport at all outside local Actionnaires clubs.

‘‘Getting a chance to meet people and join in activities is what made it special.”

Lesley Inganni, Development Manager at Action for Blind People, added: “This is the fifth year that the event has taken place and we are extremely grateful to have Boots Opticians as sponsor and support from the South Yorkshire Athletics Network.

‘‘You never know, some of these children could be our Paralympians of the future.”

The Actionnaires clubs are open to blind and partially sighted children aged from four to 16, providing opportunities for them to develop their fitness and artistic skills, while also encouraging self-confidence and social interaction.

Actionnaires is one of Action for Blind People’s services for children and young people, which also include access to information, activity weeks, support groups for parents and help with assistive technology.

For further information about Action for Blind People’s Actionnaires clubs, visit their website, www.actionforblindpeople.org.uk/children