On the 1 and 2 July, more than 200 junior disabled athletes from across the UK will compete in the Typhoo National Junior Athletics Championships. Typhoo is delighted to support the event, organised by the national charity, the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS). Following eight regional qualifiers, the National Championships will take place at Warwick Athletics Stadium in Coventry where spectators will be able to spot future stars.
Aiming to increase the number of disabled people in sport, the event supports athletes from all over the country to compete in a series of track and field events. The Saturday programme begins at 10am until 3.30pm, while on Sunday events will start at 9.30am and finish around 12.30pm.
This summer is crammed with exciting elite athletics on home soil with the World Para-Athletics and IAAF World Championships in London later in July. This reinforces the Typhoo National Junior Athletics Championships’ importance in increasing the number of young disabled people in sport, ensuring there are more opportunities to develop talent.
One of the athletes competing this weekend is 16-year-old Kare Adenegan. Kare began wheelchair racing in 2012 after seeing the London 2012 Paralympics. That year she joined the Coventry Godiva Harriers academy and soon began competing at national meets in 2013. Since then, she has quickly worked her way up to international standard. At the 2015 World Championships in Doha, Kare won two bronze medals in the T54 400m and 800m. A year later at Rio Paralympics, she claimed two bronze medals in the same events as well as a silver in the T34 100m.
It is the third year that Typhoo is adding an extra ‘OO’ to the National Junior Athletics Championships. The support has enabled 1400 disabled athletes this year to take part in this athletics programme across England. The full track and field programme means athletes with a wide range of impairments can take part – something, which many events do not regularly offer.
Somnath Saha, CEO of Typhoo Tea, said:
“Sports unites people and, at Typhoo, bringing communities together is an important part of what we do. Supporting EFDS again this year, we look forward to providing more opportunities for young disabled people to compete at a high level as part of our ongoing Sports for All programme.”
Barry Horne, Chief Executive for EFDS, said:
“It is fantastic to be working with Typhoo for a third year. This is a much-loved programme and every year we enjoy seeing how many people get involved, whether taking part or volunteering. Typhoo’s support means we can ensure more disabled people can reap the benefits of an active lifestyle.”
For the provisional programme and more information, please visit www.efds.co.uk. Follow the conversation with the event hashtag #SportsForAll.