Rain doesn't dampen spirits at Epilepsy Society Phoenix games
Hardy athletes refused to let rain spoil the fun on Saturday (22 July 2017) when Epilepsy Society hosted its 16th Phoenix Games at its Chalfont St Peter centre.
Eight teams made up of 92 disabled athletes from across the south east battled it out in a full day of both indoor and outdoor sports with everyone competing for the coveted Phoenix trophy. The games this year were supported by 57 volunteers who help manage each sporting challenge, supporting competitors and ensuring a steady flow of refreshments were to hand.
Competitors can compete in 14 different sports, from javelin to mini cross bow, target bowls to basketball. There was also the ever popular full wheelchair slalom and wheelchair sports category. With each discipline offering individual gold, silver and bronze medals, there was intense competition.
The event is the culmination of a year of training for all the competitors with the highly coveted prize of overall champions this year taken by the Aylesbury area disability club with the Phoenix team coming a close second. There were a few nail biting playoffs with competitors staying out in the rain to complete their events and battle to the end.
The dedication and spirit of the competitors was summed up by one Phoenix team member who said: "Despite the rain it was marvellous to see everybody having such a good time in this competition here at the centre, we won't let the rain stop us."
Artur Piernik, appointed as the team lead for Phoenix and Shirley Bennett, team captain said: "Overall we were really happy with the performance of the team, who have worked hard and have improved their scores in each discipline and they have already laid down the gauntlet to the Aylesbury team for next year."