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Elstree & Borehamwood Rotary Club supports North London Disability Games in Stanmore
A disabled 80-year-old was hailed a table tennis champion when he picked up a gold medal in the sport.
Derek Bryan, from Borehamwood, won the North London Disability Games table tennis match yesterday afternoon in front of crowds of people.
He was one of 65 who competed to win medals in dance, indoor bowling, boccia and stickball at the event, which was supported by Elstree & Borehamwood Rotary Club.
Rotarian David Clout, of Watling Knoll, Radlett, said: “All the contestants put their heart and soul into the activities. They really engaged and there was no sign that their disability limited their performance.
“It was tremendous. The atmosphere in the centre was great, the event showed rotary in its best light, helping others.”
Mr Clout added the aim of the event was to act as an “eye opener” and to help raise the confidence of disabled people.
Non-disabled student Ben climbed into a wheelchair and took part in a wheelchair slalom tournament - and afterwards said joining in made him understand what it is like to be disabled.
The games were held at the Royal National Orthapedic Hospital in Stanmore.
Among the crowds was Hertsmere’s Deputy Mayor Simon Rubner, who came along to show his support.
Thanking the rotary club for hosting the event, he said: “Without volunteers, society would grind to a halt.”
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