They were inspired by the achievements of the Commonwealth Games’ home countries and the best tips from two leading Paralympics.
Designed to challenge a wide range of physical disabilities, this year’s events included boxing, weightlifting, skittles and new age kurling, drawing more than 60 participants.
Wheelchair tennis star Jordanne Whiley – who won bronze at the Paralympics in 2012, 2016 and 2020 – joined wheelchair racer Fabienne Andre who took bronze in this year’s Commonwealth Games T33/34 100 – in a virtual Chailey Games performance designed to captivate and to inspire the competitors.
Daniel Burnett, who hosted this year’s Chailey Games, said: “It was such an honor to be virtually joined by two inspiring sportswomen. Both Jordanne and Fabienne were eager to give our competitors their own tips and advice and they really made a difference to the performance of our own athletes. Fabienne’s bronze medal was a fantastic addition to our event and a great boost for our own medalists!”
Both Fabienne and Jordanne answered questions from the Chailey participants in a special film played at CHF’s aptly named Dream Center prior to the event.
Fabienne said: “When you take on a sporting challenge, anything is possible. Never give up and most of all enjoy what you are doing and have fun. I truly believe there is a sport for everyone and there is always a way to be involved and connected to sport and the Chailey Games can really show this.”
This year’s Chailey Games medals were presented by Danielle Evans, the current holder of the Miss Brighton title. Danielle plays rugby for Seaford Ladies and champions female stereotypes in sport.
Helen Hewitt, Chief Executive of the charity, said: “Since our first Chailey Games in 2019, we have worked hard to inspire our young people and students and show them that they can achieve great things. I would like to thank everyone involved in this year’s competition and in particular the three inspiring women who gave us their time and insight to make this year’s Chailey Games a truly exceptional event.”
Chailey Heritage Foundation is a charity that provides education, care and transition services to children and young adults with complex physical disabilities. Their mission is to give disabled children and young adults every opportunity to pursue their full potential.