On 5th September 2013 a Colebridge quartet of Ed’ Lynn, ‘Inky’ Moss, John Overton and John Taylor took part in ‘Solihull Gets Active’ the Disability Sports and Open Day held at the North Solihull, Leisure Centre, Chelmsley Wood.
This is an annual event, organised by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, for people with a disability who want to ‘have a go’ and take part in an organised sport.
The event was formally opened by his Worship the Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Joe Tildesley with the guest of honour being world champion boxer Wayne Elcock, the former British and World Boxing Union World Middleweight Champion. Apart from Table Tennis participants could take part in wheel chair basket ball, aerobics and fencing.
The day started at 10:00 a.m. and went on until nearly 3;00 p.m. with the two John’s, ’Inky’ and Ed’ providing practice for disabled players who were keen to take part. As you may imagine the range of abilities was varied. All players however, gained a sense of achievement, some by being able to hold a bat whilst others succeeded in being able to play a rally where their hand and eye coordination was a challenge. Stephen, a player with a learning disability, managed a rally lasting 112 strokes, some of our club members would be proud of that, a star performance of the day.
Although the centre provided the two tables Ed’ took along all the bats, balls and a number of barriers which made for a very professionally run event.