Bowling games at Fibrolympics

Wakefield & District Fibromyalgia Support Group hold Fibro-olympics event at Streethouse cricket club.'Three medal winners at the front are, L to R) Joyce Pearson, Barry Pearson, Denise Smillie.'p5146a119
Wakefield & District Fibromyalgia Support Group hold Fibro-olympics event at Streethouse cricket club.'Three medal winners at the front are, L to R) Joyce Pearson, Barry Pearson, Denise Smillie.'p5146a119

DEFIANT residents with a chronic pain condition took park in an Olympic games with a twist.

Members of the Wakefield and District Fibromyalgia Support Group held their own Fibrolympics – with activities including boccia, a paralympic sport which is similar to bowls but participants play from a seated position.

Fibromyalgia is a debilitating condition which causes discomfort and profound fatigue.

June Chivers, group co-ordinator, said: “The idea behind the Fibrolympics is to show that fibro doesn’t have to stop you living your life.

“There were a range of activities for people of different abilities – from stepping, skipping, walking and chair-based exercise. Everyone had a fantastic time.”

The group is waiting to hear if it is to be awarded an Inspire Mark, which recognises initiatives inspired by the London 2012 games.

It found out about the scheme after June had a chance encounter with Chris Holmes, a former paralympic swimmer with nine gold medals to his name and now director of paralympic integration for London 2012.