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Paralympians on hand to give Stratford Boat Club their Parasport Club of the Year plaque



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PARALYMPIC champions Ellen Buttrick and Alice Tai were on hand to present Stratford BC’s adaptive section with their Parasport Club of the Year plaque last Thursday.

Gold medal-winning Paralympian Ellen Buttrick pictured with Mayor of Stratford Cllr Kevin Taylor, Stratford Boat Club president Paul Stanton and adaptive athlete Dan Godefroy. Photo Iain Duck (https://stratfordherald.zenfolio.com)
Gold medal-winning Paralympian Ellen Buttrick pictured with Mayor of Stratford Cllr Kevin Taylor, Stratford Boat Club president Paul Stanton and adaptive athlete Dan Godefroy. Photo Iain Duck (https://stratfordherald.zenfolio.com)

Guests at the presentation also included Barry Lloyd, Parasport campaign project manager for the British Paralympic Association, Richard Burt, centre principal at Listers Toyota, Joseph Hawkins, marketing manager at Listers Group Ltd; Cllr Kevin Taylor, Mayor of Stratford, and Jo Atkinson, community support manager at British Rowing.

As well as the presentation, Buttrick and Tai took to the water in the club’s adaptive boats with adaptive athletes and coaches and were shown a typical adaptive session as well as inspecting some of the specialised adaptive equipment.

Head adaptive coach Mark Dewdney said: “We are very grateful for this accolade and winning Parasport Club of the Year has been a great morale booster for the adaptive athletes.

“To have the winner’s plaque presented by such inspirational Paralympian athletes as Ellen and Alice was the crowning glory.”

Club president Paul Stanton added: “To have our adaptive section recognised with this award and have so many guests see and understand what it takes to get adaptive athletes safely onto the water is a great honour.

“We look forward to consolidating our co-operation with local companies to make our adaptive section accessible to all disabled athletes where possible”



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