Cwmbran Paralympic star helps health project

PARALYMPIAN: Kyron Duke

PARALYMPIAN: Kyron Duke

First published in News

PARALYMPIAN Kyron Duke competed in front of 80,000 spectators in this year's games in London - and he is now helping inspire others keep themselves fit and their hearts healthy.

The 19-year-old from Cwmbran, who competed in the shot putt and the javelin at Paralympic Games, visited the charity Scope's centre in the town's Avondale Road, seeing how a project funded by Heart Research UK and backed by food chain Subway, is opening up a range of physical activities for disabled adults.

He was accompanied by fellow Paralympian Rhys Jones.

The project is part of the Healthy Heart initiative taken up by Scope with the help of grants funded by Heart Research UK and Subway.

The Cwmbran centre ran its own games, inspired by Mr Duke and his colleagues' exploits, and now centre users can take part in activities such as karate, aerobics, belly dancing, tennis, gardening and a wheelchair keep fit club. There are also opportunities to pick up tips about heart health.

Mr Duke, who has the bone growth condition achondroplasia, took part in the F40 javelin and shot putt in London, finishing eighth in the javelin despite throwing a lifetime best, and fifth in the shot putt.

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