Ian’s gold comes as The Leicester and District Branch of The British Polio Fellowship prepares to mark 65 years of service to those who had Polio and now live with Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) in the heart of the East Midlands on 20 April.
Cribbage began life in the 17th century and while not quite that old; the National Indoor Games emerged from the original Stoke Mandeville annual event and still enables people who had Polio and now live with Post Polio Syndrome (PPS), to compete in sports and games today – no matter what their level of disability. Qualifiers from regional heats join around 200 competitors from across the UK to compete for individual and team success.
Back in 1953, the Yorkshire Region (second this year) triumphed at the Indoor Games, which was then held at Walsall and for the first time, used a new points system. It wasn’t a vintage year for the East Midlands, back then, who could only manage ten points and a silver for Kathy Heath in 5s and 3s, but as the charity prepares to mark its 80th anniversary in 2019, all regions are expected to up their game.
“The Leicester Branch remains one of the biggest supporters of the Indoor Games, and as it’s on Leicester’s local patch, the Games is extra special to our Leicester Branch,” said National Chairman of The British Polio Fellowship, David Mitchell. “It was good to see Ian take a gold medal for the East Midlands and give the region and our Leicester Branch some fitting recognition for its invaluable contribution to the Indoor Games over so many years,” David concluded.
To find out more about The British Polio Fellowship and to learn about the late effects of Polio and Post Polio Syndrome visit www.britishpolio.org.uk