Visually impaired youngsters compete in Sheffield athletics day

100 visually impaired youngsters who competed in an athletics day in Sheffield.
100 visually impaired youngsters who competed in an athletics day in Sheffield.

One hundred visually impaired youngsters demonstrated their sporting skills on the track during a competitive athletics event.

The children, aged four to 16, battled it out in a variety of track and field activities as part of the Actionnaires Athletics Day held at Sheffield’s English Institute of Sport in Attercliffe.

Shefffield Visually Impaired Youngster Lucas Ashman 100 visually impaired youngsters who competed in the Boots Opticians Actionnaires  Athletics Day, in Sheffield, run by Action for Blind People, on Saturday 04 October.

Shefffield Visually Impaired Youngster Lucas Ashman 100 visually impaired youngsters who competed in the Boots Opticians Actionnaires Athletics Day, in Sheffield, run by Action for Blind People, on Saturday 04 October.

The budding athletes, all members of Actionnaires clubs for blind and partially sighted children, came together from around 20 towns and cities across the north of England and Midlands for the event.

Thirteen-year-old Liam Grayson, from Charnock, Sheffield, was among the competitors.

He said: “It’s such a great way to meet new people, and compete against them in various sports. The javelin is my favourite and the running and relay are great fun too.”

Lesley Inganni, operations manager at Action for Blind People, said: “The children were so excited about the event, as many don’t get to participate in sport at all outside of their local Actionnaires clubs.

Shefffield Visually Impaired Youngster Liam Grayson 100 visually impaired youngsters who competed in the Boots Opticians Actionnaires  Athletics Day, in Sheffield, run by Action for Blind People, on Saturday 04 October.

Shefffield Visually Impaired Youngster Liam Grayson 100 visually impaired youngsters who competed in the Boots Opticians Actionnaires Athletics Day, in Sheffield, run by Action for Blind People, on Saturday 04 October.

“It was an opportunity to sample a range of sports for the first time, helping them to understand that sight loss isn’t a barrier to fun, competitions and social activities.”