Wakefield Council wishes Paralympians luck for Rio

​Date: 06/09/2016

Ref: PR8339

Wakefield Council is today wishing local athletes luck as they prepare to compete in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.

Three local stars from the district have been selected for the ParalympicsGB team. Leah Evans from Castleford and Sophie Carrigill from Wakefield will represent the nation in the women's wheelchair basketball team. Jamie Stead from Normanton is  a member of the wheelchair rugby team.

Cllr Peter Box CBE, Leader of Wakefield Council, said: "We are extremely proud that we have three local athletes in Rio.

"It takes years of hard work and dedication to reach the top level in sport and be eligible for selection to represent your country. Good luck to our local athletes and all of ParalympicsGB team in the Rio Paralympics.

"I hope their example will also encourage others to get involved in sport and to strive to achieve their goals."

To find out more about sports and activities in the district taking place visit www.wakefield.gov.uk/SAL  

Or for more information about  the Paralympic Games visit www.Rio2016.com