Sign up for tag and help kayak challenge

Daily Echo: Fareham Leisure Centre Fareham Leisure Centre

THERE is still time to get involved in a fundraising disability sport tournament.

The Fareham Leisure Centre is hosting a Wheelchair laser tag contest on Saturday, January 18, in support of member Richard Hunt.

As previously reported, Richard is aiming to kayak 2,300 miles around the UK coastline to raise money for and awareness of BLESMA.

To back his efforts, staff and members at the leisure centre have organised the event and members and non-members aged 16 or over are being encouraged to set up a team.

Each game involves two teams of up to six players.

Participants manoeuvre around the sports hall in wheelchairs avoiding inflatable obstacles and being shot by laser guns from opposing players. Each player has 20 lives and the last person left wins.

Royal Navy Veteran Richard, 43, lost his leg aged 24 after suffering Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy.

He received help from BLESMA and now wants to give something back.

He hopes to start his challenge “The Great Paddle Round” in April and finish within six months.

If successful, he will be the first person to circumnavigate the UK in a c-kayak and break Helen Skelton’s current world record for the longest solo journey by kayak.

Registration costs £10 per person and booking in advance is essential.

Call 07576 012756.

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