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Weeks unveils plan for disabled games

Public consultation: Sports minister Michael Weeks will discuss idea with persons with disabilities (File photograph by Akil Simmons)

A national disabled games could be held in Bermuda, sports minister Michael Weeks said on Friday.

Mr Weeks told the House of Assembly that consultation aimed at helping disabled people get involved in sports should finish next month and that an action plan will be created by October.

He said: “Perhaps the time has come for the establishment of a national disability games in Bermuda and ultimately, with support from both the Government and the corporate sector, the staging of a Bermuda Invitational Para Games.”

Mr Weeks said that, over the next month, the ministry would “consult directly with persons with disabilities to get their feedback on their level of participation in sports”.

Windreach Bermuda, Ageing and Disability Services and the Bermuda Paralympic Association will also be involved.

The minister also called for “the accommodation and integration of persons with disabilities into mainstream athletic and other sports competitions”.