Northern Disability Games with Rotary

This is an event run by the Rotary Club of Stokesley (at Eston Leisure Complex near Middlesbrough) for disabled athletes. It’s been held for a number of years and it’s been very successful.

This was the 23rd annual Games for People with Disabilities. Rotary Clubs and other local organisations nominated contestants to take part in up to 15 events during the day.

Rotary clubs from the region as well as guests were welcome. Around 100 competitors took part and although the weather on the day was mostly cool and showery, their enthusiasm for the event ensured that everyone had a great time.

Stokesley RC organised the javelin throwing and this year where 18 people took part. Dominic Elliott managed a record-making throw of 81 feet, giving a well-deserved first place.

Best wheelchair throw was recorded by a lady, Jill Conway. Best achievement was awarded to Ian Dewer, a regular competitor at the Games, who was unable for medical reasons to compete in the javelin this year due to a heart bypass operation only a week before the event.

He did participate in several less stressful activities at the Games and achieved an excellent result on the Distance Clubs, so we were sure he would have done well on the javelin if he had been able to take part.

The outdoor events finished earlier than usual this year as the continuing rain made the grass surface a safety hazard for competitors.

Rotarians and six Rotaractors took part. They all travel down to Middlesbrough to give a hand to their Rotary friends.

Rotaractors were a key part of the team running the carpet bowls this year, with PDG Dave Sadler and the rest of the Saltburn Rotary guys. They also helped with the curling competition and the table tennis tourney (more on the pictures below).