Sussex

Sussex students coached by Paralympic hopefuls

Tanbridge House Paralympic day
Image caption Children were divided into teams representing different Paralympic countries

London 2012 Paralympic hopefuls coached children from Sussex schools at a day of activities including wheelchair football, fencing and athletics.

Sprinter Sophia Warner, sitting volleyball captain Emma Wiggs and tandem cyclist Rob Matthews were among those at Tanbridge House School.

Children from nine primary schools joined secondary school students for the themed "Elite or Incomplete?" day.

Students competed in teams representing different countries.

Points were awarded according to how well they demonstrated the Paralympic values, with 'New Zealand' winning.

"The Paralympic day was absolutely incredible," said Horsham School head teacher Jules White.

"The atmosphere around the school was wonderful and our students fully embraced it.

"All the visiting primary schools had a fantastic time and were a credit to their schools."

The schools which took part have raised nearly £3,000 to help support the Paralympic athletes in their bid to get to the London 2012 Games.

The Paralympic day on Friday followed a visit by Lord Coe to the school in May for a day of celebrations in advance of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

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