Jersey sport benefits from success of Paralympics

Paul Patterson Mr Patterson said taking part in sport had benefits in terms of confidence and social interaction

Related Stories

The success of ParalympicsGB has led to an increase in support for the Jersey Sports Association for the Disabled.

Chairman Paul Patterson said he was very surprised by the unprecedented amount of interest that had been shown.

He said not only have they had people wanting to compete, but also people wanting to volunteer and companies offering sponsorship.

Currently more than 200 people compete in disabled sports in the island.

Mr Patterson said sport had many benefits. "You improve the way you feel about yourself, your overall confidence levels, your health," he said.

"It leads on to all sorts of wonderful things outside of sport [including] social interaction and employability."

No Channel Island athletes competed as part of the Great Britain Paralympic squad.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Jersey


St Helier

19 °C 16 °C


  • Alana Saarinen at pianoMum, Dad and Mum

    The girl with three biological parents

  • Polish and British flags alongside British roadsideWar debt

    Does the UK still feel a sense of obligation towards Poles?

  • Islamic State fighters parade in Raqqa, Syria (30 June 2014)Who backs IS?

    Where Islamic State finds support to become a formidable force

  • Bride and groom-to-be photographed underwaterWetted bliss

    Chinese couples told to smile, but please hold your breath

  • A ship is dismantled for scrap in the port city of Chittagong, BangladeshDangerous work

    Bangladesh's ship breakers face economic challenge

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.