Southern AREA New Age Kurling Competition
10/06/2014The Southern Trust Fit 4 U Project recently held a New Age Kurling Competition for people with disabilities from across Armagh, Dungannon, Craigavon, Banbridge, Newry and Mourne localities. New Age Kurling is an indoor adapted version of the Kurling game played on ice.
A total of 15 teams took part in the competition. Following the league stages and semi-finals, third place went to the Armagh A-Team (Frances Kelly and Peter Daly). Runners up were the Craigavon based Head Bangers (Beverley Jory and Christine Weir) and overall winners were Dungannon Double Act (Rachel Leckey and Gillian Kyle). Other award winners were Ursula Nugent, Player of the Tournament and Terry Ward, Mark Doran and Geraldine McCarthy, who achieved the award for team spirit.
The event was funded by Craigavon Sports and Leisure User Group and organised in partnership between the Fit 4 U Project, Craigavon Borough Council and Disability Sports NI Craigavon Inclusive Leisure Project.
Gillian Kyle, member of the Dungannon winning team commented: “I enjoy the team work and the social aspect of playing New Age Kurling.”
Andrew Martin, Chairperson of the Craigavon Sports & Leisure User Group (SLUG ) said, ''We were delighted to support the New Age Kurling Competition and hope that it becomes an annual event.”
Rhonda Richardson, Fit 4 U Project Officer, Southern Trust, explained: “New Age Kurling is a game of accuracy and control. It is a sport that promotes coordination, communication and teamwork. It benefits participants’ physical, mental and social health. It is wonderful to hear directly from the individuals how the Fit 4 U project has helped improve their health and wellbeing and increased their participation within the community. It has been such a positive experience for so many people.”
The Fit 4 U Project aims to empower people with physical/sensory disabilities to improve their health and wellbeing through participation in a range of physical activity and leisure opportunities, including archery, boccia, new age kurling, fitness, tennis, boxercise and golf. Activities are held in Dungannon, Armagh, Craigavon, Banbridge and Newry and Mourne leisure centres. For more information or to get involved please contact Rhonda Richardson, Fit 4 U Project Officer, Tel. 028 3741 2129 or email email@example.com
The Fit 4 U Project is funded by the Public Health Agency and led by the Southern Health and Social Care Trust in partnership with other organisations, including the five local Council authorities. The multi-sports sessions are led by Active Communities coaches who are funded by Sport NI.
Participants who took part in the New Age Kurling Competition