On Wednesday 3rd of July, Year 5 pupils from various schools in Leicestershire will take part in a day of sports and Japanese culture to celebrate the run-up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. As part of the Leicestershire Young Ambassador Japan Conference, the children will enjoy Japanese radio exercises, taiko drumming, Japanese lessons, origami, haiku, dancing and more!
The children will also get a chance to meet a real-life Paralympian: Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby team member, Nick Cummins, and Assistant Coach Rob Tarr, himself also a former Paralympian. Both are also members of local team, Leicester Tigers Wheelchair Rugby. Leicester is quickly becoming the home of wheelchair rugby in Great Britain, with the Roma Sport National Championships and King Power Wheelchair Rugby Quad Nations both held in the city earlier this year; children from across Leicestershire also got the chance to see world-class wheelchair rugby at the Quad Nations through ‘schools days’ which offered discount tickets to school groups.
GB Wheelchair Rugby is in receipt of an award from the UK Sport Aspiration Fund, and this conference is a key opportunity for Nick and Rob to demonstrate the wider impact of Paralympic sport, and how this can educate and inspire future generations. Look out for more updates on GBWR’s social media channels as our athletes reach out to different sectors of their communities.
We are delighted to support the conference, which further strengthens our relationship with Japan – both the conference and the Quad Nations, which included Japan as a competing nation, are part of the Japan-UK Season of Culture, and GB Wheelchair Rugby is looking forward to a successful partnership with the city of Kitakyushu, which is supporting our training camps in Japan ahead of Tokyo 2020. This year also saw GB Wheelchair Rugby announce ISPS Handa, a Japanese not-for-profit organisation which seeks to inspire through the power of sport, as the principal sponsor of the GB Team.
It promises to be a fantastic day highlighting the links between sports and culture. For more on the conference, please visit The Japan Foundation website.