Paralympic ‘trip of a lifetime’ for Alford students

John Spendluffe Technology Students cheer on Team GB during their recent Paralympic Games visit.
John Spendluffe Technology Students cheer on Team GB during their recent Paralympic Games visit.
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A ‘TRIP of a lifetime’ was enjoyed by a group of Alford students who spent three days ‘soaking up the atmosphere, spectacle and drama’ of the London Paralympic Games.

John Spendluffe Technology College took 19 of its students to see world class athletes in action during track, field and other sporting events during the first week of September.

Head of geography Paul Marriott said: “Sunday opened with a fantastic morning of track and field in the iconic athletics stadium.

“Early GB successes saw Stef Reid gaining silver in the F44 Long Jump and our cheers and encouragement were rewarded later with a GB gold when Aled Davies won the men’s T42 Discus.

“Rarely have a bunch of school kids made so much noise!

“We were also lucky enough to witness Paul Blake and David Devine qualify for track events they were later to medal in.”

The excitement continued into the evening session, which featured women’s sitting volleyball and the British team’s vice captain Martine Wright, who lost both legs in the July 7 London Underground bombings.

More sporting action was witnessed the following day when the group visited the Aquatics Centre and saw arguably the Games’ most popular athlete - Ellie Simmons - who was greeted by an ‘eruption of noise’.

“If the introduction was deafening, then the roof nearly came off as she went on to win her heat in the SM6 200m Medley,” Mr Marriott added.

The excited youngsters then enjoyed a ‘fantastic finish to the trip’ with an ‘amazing’ match of women’s wheelchair basketball between China and USA, in which the Americans came back from a 20 point half time deficit.

Before all the sporting action, the group were also able to take in some of the capital’s most iconic landmarks including Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and South Bank, during a spot of sightseeing.