Plenty to celebrate at the 21st disabled games

ATHLETES from across the British Isles descended on Fort Regent at the weekend to mark the 21st annual games of the Jersey Sports Association for the Disabled.

Alex Buesnel won the Disabled Athlete of the Year Award
Alex Buesnel won the Disabled Athlete of the Year Award

ATHLETES from across the British Isles descended on Fort Regent at the weekend to mark the 21st annual games of the Jersey Sports Association for the Disabled.

With around 100 competitors from the UK – representing the Cardiff Chameleons, Special Olympics Coventry and North and West Cheshire SO – competing alongside some 50 local competitors including the Jersey Wheelers, the rotunda was full of supporters, parents, relatives and friends for the opening ceremony on Saturday afternoon. Competitors were as young as five, while some were in their 70s.

The games opened with an Aikido display, featuring wheelchair Aikido demonstrated by Jerseyman Tyrone Nicholson, Europe’s only quadriplegic Aikido black belt.

Alex Buesnel, who won a gold medal for Britain at the Special Olympics in Athens last year, also gave a gymnastic display. He won the Disabled Athlete of the Year Award and Jersey athlete Samantha Harben received the JSAD Games Personality Award.