Sporting challenge for charity hosted by Ashford Leisure Trust
A SPORTING challenge to raise cash for charity has been hosted by Ashford Leisure Trust.
Dan Thompson, the chief executive of the Gold Challenge scheme, visited the Julie Rose stadium to join the trust's disability athletics sessions as part of his own personal challenge.
The Gold Challenge is a project where people take on Olympic and Paralympic sports to raise money for good causes.
Individuals or teams can choose from various challenges in aid of one of the scheme's 125 charities.
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Mr Thompson intends to do every Olympic event and all the individual Paralympic events that do not have Olympic counterparts.
Last Thursday he took part in a number of disability athletics events, including the club throw, javelin and target throw.
He also joined a sprint-training session with double-leg amputee Kushal Limbu, who competes for Ashford Athletic Club and hopes to represent Nepal at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Kushal, who is ranked in the top five in the world for both 100 metres and 200 metres in his class, took Dan through his paces including sprint starts and a race over 60 metres.
Ashford Leisure Trust runs disability athletics sessions throughout the week, including Thursdays from 4.15pm to 5.15pm at the Julie Rose Stadium and Tuesdays from 1.30pm to 2.30pm at the Stour Centre.
For more information about the sessions, e-mail Peter Le Rossignol at pete.lerossignol@ ashfordleisuretrust.co.uk or call him on 01233 667 125.