Children with disabilities who took part in a para-triathlon in Waterloo have been hailed as inspirational by the hundreds of spectators who watched.
The second ever race of its kind organised by Sefton Council was held during the recent Waterloo Festival at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre.
It saw more than 30 children and young people who have additional needs swim, cycle and run through a challenging course.
They were cheered on by a strong crowd, who were at Crosby Marina for the Waterloo Festival.
Matt Ashton, Director of Public Health at Sefton said: “I was really inspired by everyone who took part in the para-triathlon – at Sefton Council we never take for granted how challenging competitive sport can be for children with disabilities.
“I am also really proud of the young people who came along to give them very vocal encouragement on the day.
“During the training programme at Litherland Sports Park, a group of local young people asked if they could use the bikes. Our children were wary of them but the team at Aiming High let them join in on the condition they also took part in the running practice with the group.
“During this time, friendships were forged with these young men and it was a wonderful surprise for the children to see them there to give them very vocal support on the day, and some of them even completed all three disciplines with their new friends.”
Cllr John-Joseph Kelly, Cabinet Member for Children, Schools and Safeguarding said: “It is encouraging to see so many of our young people with disabilities pushing themselves to their limits and clearly enjoying comradery with their peers and new friends they have made.
“This event is the only one of its kind in the Liverpool City Region and I look forward to watching it grow and grow – fulfilling the ambition to be the youth para-triathlon event for the region”
John Doran of Sefton Aiming High added “This is another example of how disabled young people show the wider community what they are capable of. Ability, strength and determination were here in abundance today and we should be proud of them all.
“I would also like to thank the volunteers from Aiming High and TEAM Sefton, and the organisers of the Waterloo festival for agreeing to let us showcase the athletes’ ability not disability.”