Bridlington children cheer on rugby stars at Paralympics

Burlington Junior School pupils visited the Paralympics
Burlington Junior School pupils visited the Paralympics

IT WAS a “once in a lifetime opportunity” for a group of Bridlington children who travelled down to London to watch the Paralympics.

Kids from Burlington Junior School made the trip last Sunday to watch the wheelchair rugby final at the Paralympic Basketball Arena.

Four members of staff and 29 kids, from years 4,5 and 6 made the trip - setting off from Bridlington at 5am and not arriving back in town until after midnight.

“There were a few bleary eyes on Monday morning but it was well worth it,” said Donna Sandbach, a teacher at Burlington Junior School.

“We had gone over the rules of wheelchair rugby with the kids and explained how the athletes qualify for the sport before we went, so they had an understanding. To see it live was a real spectacle.

“The people who really made it for us though were the Games Makers, they made a real fuss of the kids.

“The whole atmosphere was incredible and the kids, and staff, thoroughly enjoyed it.”