Fun and games for young Paralympic fans
SEVEN children including a hopeful for Rio's Paralympics today set off on the trip of a lifetime.
Pupils from Woodlands Special School and Sir John Hunt Community College have been gifted tickets to see the athletics at London's Paralympic games.
And after The Herald got in touch with rail operator First Great Western, the lucky pupils were also awarded free train tickets.
The experience could inspire them to take up a sport they might have never dreamed of, according to their PE teacher.
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"We're over the moon and so excited," said Katy Wedgwood.
"Our student Doaa Shayea is likely to compete at the Rio Paralympics in 2016 and for her and her peers to be able to see athletes with the same kind of disabilities as them is indescribable."
The children, with conditions ranging from cerebral palsy and spina bifida to a rare heart condition and severe epilepsy, will witness athletic heroes with a range of disabilities compete in events such as javelin, the 200m and 400m.