Paralympic flame celebrations in Horsham

Tyler Paul
Image caption Table tennis player Tyler Paul hopes to compete in the Paralympics in Rio in four years' time

Celebrations have been held in West Sussex to mark the arrival of the Paralympic flame.

Table tennis star Tyler Paul, of Sussex, brought the flame from London to Horsham as the West Sussex Flame Ambassador.

Activities including have-a-go sports events were held in the town between the arrival of the flame and a carnival procession.

There were also live bands and dance performances.

Councillor Sue Rogers said: "Horsham District Council has always placed inclusion and accessibility high on its agenda and the Horsham Flame Celebration will be a fantastic opportunity for local groups and individuals to come together and celebrate a global event like the Paralympic Games and all it stands for."

School's disability sports

Mr Paul, 19, of Worthing, who uses a wheelchair, hopes to take part in the Paralympics in Rio De Janeiro in four years' time.

He said winning a bronze medal at the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sport Federation World Junior Games 2011 in Dubai last year was one of his greatest achievements.

He has credited his success to his time at Angmering School where he had the opportunity to play different disability sports.

Sports activities held in the morning included goalball, boccia, blind football, table tennis, athletics, cricket and gymnastics.

The carnival parade was led by Mr Paul and Michael Hobbs, a local disabled athlete and volunteer.

Both athletes carried the Paralympic lantern to a temporary stage in Horsham Park where leading disabled bands were performing.

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