Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Coventry Success Really Is North Squad's Cup of Tea! DISABILITY SPORT

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Coventry Success Really Is North Squad's Cup of Tea! DISABILITY SPORT

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NORTH East athletes celebrated after successfully retaining the regional team trophy at the Typhoo National Junior Athletics Championships. More than 240 of the country's finest young disabled athletes took part in the event in Coventry - but it was this region's track and field starlets who shone on the day.

Delighted team manager Liz Neale said: "We have spent many years trying to get to this level.

We won this title for the first time last year and thought it would be hard to maintain it this year - but we made it.

"The continued success of the Regional Athletics Championships really helps.

"As a region we all come together to make sure these championships happen every year."

With a stack of personal bests and notable performances, the annual event confirmed its status as a favourite in the disability sports calendar. Many elite disabled athletes began their own success at this prestigious event, including Hannah Cockroft, Shelly Woods, Aled Davies and Hollie Arnold Among the competitors in the Midlands were those hoping for the same golden career in athletics.

The Championships at the University of Warwick's athletics track was organised by the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS).

A full programme was on offer, meaning athletes with a wide range of impairments took part - something which is not often possible at many other events.

The Typhoo programme was designed with EFDS to make sure more disabled athletes had access to participation opportunities under the 'Sports for All' banner.

Typhoo Tea sponsored the regional qualifiers in England as well as the Nationals.

Neale added: "The Typhoo sponsorship has enabled the event to continue to grow.

"There is a real team spirit and that is because we pool athletes from a small area of the North East - Tyne and Wear, Tees Valley and Durham. …

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