CHAMPION Paralympian Farrel Anthony helped spark the Olympic spirit on a visit to an award-winning Sheffield community project.
The table tennis ace was the VIP guest at Buzz in Broomhall, which was hosting a party to celebrate the big countdown to the games.
Buzz, which is based in Springfield Primary School, is a charity which provides a variety of community and out of school activities for youngsters.
It also provides courses for parents including English and ICT, a crèche, a girls’ football club and a popular youth club.
Farrel, who has cerebral palsy, is a veteran athlete who is a key member of the 2012 Paralympian squad.
Partygoers sampled a range of foods from around the world, played Paralympic and Olympic sports and made their own Olympic torches and medals.
Event organiser Paula Higgins, Buzz’s children and families co-ordinator, said: “Our international evening incorporated Olympic and Paralympic sports, an Olympic workshop where families could enjoy craft activities and a ‘dream tent’ where children and parents were able to tell us what their dreams and aspirations were personally and for Buzz.
“Families also got the chance to enjoy a selection of international food and dance performances from international societies.
“Our special guest Farrel spoke to guests about his journey and aspirations and how he has fulfilled them through sport.
“And the event held its own spectacular opening and closing ceremonies.”
Buzz chief executive Kath Mardles said: “This year’s international event was a huge success with over 100 people attending.
“Farrel’s motto, ‘Can do, rather than can’t do’ is what Buzz is all about.”
The project, which serves 14 different ethnic groups speaking more than ten languages, also offers sports activities, holiday options and child care training.
It has a team of seven staff and more than 50 volunteers, including students from the city’s two universities.