Paralympic champion joins annual 3K run for people with learning disabilities

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Published: 23rd August 2016
Paralympic swimmer and athlete mentor Kate Grey joined Westminster residents with learning disabilities at the annual Stepping to the Beat event at Regent's Park on Monday 22 August. Over 45 people took part in the 3K run and exercise session, which is designed to encourage more people with disabilities to learn about healthy lifestyles and get active.

Kate said: "Sport helped me accept my disability and it can help everyone live more positive lives. This event is a great way for everyone to get involved, enjoy fresh air and get more active, regardless of their ability."

Our Health Improvement team, led on the day by Kelvin Scammell, Physical Activity Instructor, were on hand to warm participants up before they began, and also motivate everyone who took part as they went round the course.

Kelvin, said: "An event like this helps to highlight how we can all get out and about, especially in the sunshine, and do some physical activity. It was fantastic to see such a great turnout of people from across the Borough getting involved and enjoying the occasion, as well as the exercise session."

Stepping to the Beat is organised by Westminster City Council's Westminster Learning Disability Partnership, which provides support for adults with learning disabilities and their carers, in partnership with Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust, Disability Sports and the Royal Parks. For a list of regular sports activities for disabled people, visit

Westminster City Council's Cabinet Member for Adults and Public Health, Cllr Rachael Robathan said: "It's great to see this annual event go from strength to strength, helping people with a learning disability stay healthy and active. Public events such as these also help improve awareness and understanding of learning disabilities and enable residents with a learning disability to socialise, make new friends and become part of the community."

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