Stretham Paralympic star Sarah celebrates games anniversary in London

Paralympian Sarah Grady

Paralympian Sarah Grady - Credit: Archant

STRETHAM Paralympian Sarah Grady was one of several athletes to compete at The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in celebration of the UK’s inaugural National Paralympic Day on Saturday.

The event, in London, was held to mark the one year anniversary of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

29-year-old Sarah, a wheelchair basketball player, appeared at her first Paralympics in Sydney 2000 aged just 16 and achieved a memorable bronze medal in the 2003 European Championships while still a teenager.

In last year’s London games, she helped the side to a best performance since 1996 Atlanta as they finished seventh.

She said: “London 2012 was so amazing to watch and experience, and the interest in Paralympic sport since then has definitely increased. National Paralympic Day was an opportunity for everyone to bring back that wonderful spirit that we all remember from last summer, and get involved with Paralympic sport all over the country.

“I was so excited to get on to the park with my fellow GB athletes and compete against some good teams.”

The wheelchair basketball competition was one of four sports disciplines which took place in the Copper Box Arena at the Olympic Park on Saturday, alongside the Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival for deaf and disabled arts.