Panthers help out at Sports Awards
The Blackpool's Community Sports Awards took place this weekend at the Town Hall. There was over 30 applicants in 10 different categorises. Blackpool Panthers supported these Awards by sponsoring the first ever Blackpool's Disability Sports Award.
The overall winner was Lisa Daley who is registered blind but does not let this stop her from enjoying life and in particular athletics. She is a member of Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde AC and also works for Blackpool Sports Centre. Despite her blindness she never asks for special help or any particular support from her coaches or those who know her.
She travels regularly to Manchester and Sheffield to work with the UK Disability Sports Team and has been a regular member of the British Blind Sports Association for many years. In 2009 Lisa was delighted to be selected to represent Great Britain in the Blind Sports World Championships in Rhodes in the T12 Category for partially sighted athletes. In very hot conditions and for someone who finds it difficult in this type of climate, Lisa did extremely well to finish 5th in the 200m and 6th in the 400m
As well as competing for GB, Lisa regularly appears for BWF AC in the Senior Ladies Team and certainly does not let the team down. In her spare time she helps out with the young athletes and assists the coaches with their sessions. She is a hard working member of the club and shows just what can achieved by someone who is partially sighted if they are determined to succeed.
Blackpool Panthers Chairman Bobby Hope says "Lisa has really put a lot of hard work and travelling in over the years competing in these world class events. I would like to say well done and keep up the hard work Lisa and you are doing Blackpool Proud".