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Paralympics Trip 2012

On Friday 7th September 2012, 49 students and 4 staff members from The Axholme Academy travelled down to Stratford for a once in a lifetime trip to watch the Paralympic Games. The trip had been organised months ago by Miss Downs, with the places being taken up the day after the letter had been given out with our students being particularly keen to get involved. We really wish we could have taken everyone as many wanted to go!

Our journey started at 6:30am from school so that we could get down to London to see as much of the action as possible. We arrived at the Olympic Park at 11am and proceeded to walk from one end to the other, which took about 30 minutes. Students and staff were amazed at the facilities and venues, stopping to take photos throughout the park. We arrived at Eton Manor, the venue for Wheelchair Tennis just in time to watch the Women’s Singles Gold Medal Match. We were lucky enough to watch the Dutch player Esther Vergeer win her match to take Gold, she’s won over 400 games in a row and is unbeaten in almost a decade! We stayed and watched the victory ceremony and then was able to watch the first set of the Women’s Doubles Bronze Medal Match, where Great Britain were represented.

At about 2:30pm we headed over to the Riverbank Arena where 7-a-side Football for athletes with Cerebral Palsy was being played. We watched the Semi-Final match between Russia and Brazil. It was a game full of goals and our students were amazed with the sheer skill of the athletes involved.

We had a short amount of time where we were able to take photos of our students in front of the Olympic stadium where they practised their Usain Bolt and ‘Mo-bot’ poses, after which we raced to the Basketball Arena at 5:00pm in order to watch Wheelchair Rugby or ‘Murderball’. We watched an amazing match between USA and France and were thoroughly entertained. Afterwards some of our students managed to have their photos taken with GB Wheelchair Rugby star Ross Morrison. The school (@AxholmeAcademy) tweeted him the picture and he tweeted back saying it was a pleasure to meet our students and he’s now following us back!

We had our final journey through the park, stopping for a few last photos before we got back on the bus at 8:00pm and headed back to school, arriving just before midnight!

All of our students and staff had an absolutely amazing day loving every minute of it, we will treasure the memories forever!!

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