Blackburn youngster torpedoes her way to sporting event for partially sighted (From Lancashire Telegraph)
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Blackburn youngster torpedoes her way to sporting event for partially sighted
A PARTIALLY-sighted youngster torpedoed her way to a special athletics event to represent Blackburn.
Hadiya Hussain, of Whalley Range, competed in the Boots Opticians Actionnaires Athletics Day in Sheffield.
The four-year-old is a member of Blackburn Actionnaires, one of Action for Blind People’s 27 multi-activity clubs for blind and partially-sighted children nationwide. She took part in running, long jump and javelin throwing, joining other visually-impaired children at the prestigious English Institute of Sport.
The track and field event was the biggest in the UK for blind and partially-sighted children, aged four to 16.
Together they represented 20 towns and cities from the Midlands and North of England. Hadiya, who has two sisters, Maleeha and Fatima, thoroughly enjoyed her day according to her mum Saima.
She said: “It was the first time she had been able to do something like this. She enjoyed interacting with other children and taking part in the activities.
“It can be difficult as not all activities tend to cater for children like Hadiya, so for her to meet other children with the same condition, including older ones, was fantastic.
“And it was good for me and my husband Mustansar to see Hadiya enjoy her day out and to meet other parents in our situation.”
Lesley Inganni, development manager at Action for Blind People, said: “Hadiya and the other children were so excited about the event, as many don’t get to participate in sport at all outside of their local Actionnaires clubs. It was an opportunity to sample a range of sports for the first time, helping them to understand that sight loss isn’t a barrier to fun, competitions and social activities.”
Blackburn Actionnaires is open to blind and partially-sighted children aged four to 16, providing opportunities for them to develop their fitness and artistic skills, while encouraging self-confidence and social interaction.
For more information call 0151 2983213.
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