Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service staff volunteered their time to be part of the Paralympic Torch Relay celebrations at Greenbank Sports Academy.

Volunteers set up the Fire Fit Climbing Wall as well as the MF&RS smoothie bike and held Ministry of Food sessions at the site, near Sefton Park, on Sunday during the August Bank Holiday.

The celebrations were organised by former Paralympian Gerry Kinsella, who is Chief Executive of Greenbank Sports Academy and Greenbank College.

Gerry was one of the Paralympic torchbearers who held one of the support flames during the Paralympic Torch Relay on Monday, August 27.

He brought along the flame to Greenbank Sports Academy the day before the relay and everyone had the chance to touch the torch.

Throughout the event at Greenbank Sports Academy, a range of activities were set up for people with disabilities to take part in from handball and wheelchair basketball to table tennis, craft events and food making sessions.

Gerry, who competed in Paralympic basketball, swimming and track events in the 1970s, said: “The Paralympics are very important. I was around in the early days and it is always nice to encourage the next generation of possible Paralympians to get involved.

“It was really nice seeing the Fire Service there. The Fire Service has been stupendous over the years and firefighters have supported various events at Greenbank Sports Academy.

“Whenever we have a fun day the Fire Service are always willing to assist, so I would like to say a tremendous thank you.”

MF&RS Group Manager Gary Oakford, said: “This was a fantastic celebration event held in advance of the Paralympic Torch Relay and the Paralympic Games.
“It was great that people were given the chance to see the flame and to try out a range of sports on the day.

“The Fire Fit team at Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service was proud to be part of the event. We hope that it showed disabled children the range of physical activities on offer to them and that it encouraged young budding Paralympians of the future to take up sport.”

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