With the Olympics spirit still in the air and the Paralympics now underway in Rio de Janeiro, Care Management Group (CMG), one of the country’s leading learning disability care providers, hosted its very own sporting festival for the individuals it supports.
Over 300 people participated in CMG’s Athletics Day in Sutton, which brought together service users, their families and staff from CMG’s 120 services across the country, to take part in the momentous day.
There were a host of sporting events to participate in, as well as the 100m and 200m sprints, high jumps and long jumps people could also join the wheelchair obstacle race, netball, badminton and even Tai Chai and sumo wrestling.
Throughout the day, Jadey Yesilada, an Ambassador for Albion in the Community, presented competitors with their medals. Jadey has cerebral Palsy and is a wheelchair user; she has been involved with Albion in the Community as a player, an apprentice and an ambassador for 15 years.
The day was a fantastic success with many proud families, service users and staff.
CMG is a leading provider of residential care, supported living services and domiciliary care for people with learning disabilities and additional complex needs. The Athletics Day underlines the organisations commitment to providing the people it supports with every opportunity to pursue activities they enjoy and lead independent and fulfilling lives.
CMG’s service users raved about the day.
David Tamblyn, a service user at The Green in Sutton, said: “I am now seven times CMG national badminton champion, I got the gold.”
Darren Rose, also a service user at The Green said: “This was my last CMG sports day for the green and I got two medals, it was a great day.”
Tomas Cardillo Zallo added: “It was a super fun amazing day, I got three medals, Gold in the long jump, Silver in the high jump and Bronze in the Javelin. I am so happy.”
Peter Kinsey, Chief Executive of CMG, said:
“The Athletics Day is an important part in our programme of events which help empower the people we support and provide the opportunity to take part in the hobbies and activities they enjoy.
“With so many keen sports people at our services, this event is always one we look forward to and was extra special this Olympics year.
“The Athletics Day has inspired many people to take up new sports, and we’ll be doing everything we can to support them.”