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Local lady set to become ‘everyday superhero’ at disability sports event

The 21-year-old client at Neurokinex paralysis rehabilitation centre is training to complete the ‘Superhero Tri’ in August.

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(Left to right) Siblings Louis, Charles and Lara Curtis taking part in the Superhero Triathlon.

A client at Neurokinex paralysis rehabilitation centre based near Gatwick, is in training for the Superhero Tri on Saturday 18 August (2018) at Dorney Lake in Windsor, described as ‘the UK’s only disability sports series for the Everyday Superhero’.

21-year-old Lara Curtis, who was paralysed in a diving accident in July 2014 is competing as part of a team with her brothers Charles (age 23) and Louis (age 17).

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The Superhero Tri organisers welcome people of all ages with all disabilities and promise that any special equipment can be used, full support will be given and there are no cut-off times or limitations. As a Charitable Trust, Neurokinex is one of the event’s Charity Friends and is asking clients, their families and friends to take part in a solo attempt, with a ‘side-kick’ (in pairs) or as a team of three.

“I’m looking forward to this event as it has been created specifically to welcome people with disabilities,” says Lara who will be doing the push/run while Louis will do the swim section and Charles the cycling alongside her.

Lara continues:

“It has a really good community feel to it and they have paid great attention to the details to make it truly accessible. 

“Neurokinex has helped me so much since my accident and the Superhero Tri event is a great opportunity for me to give back by taking part and raising awareness for the charity.” 

The Superhero Tri gives participants a choice of three distances and three ways to complete the challenges – solo (Flying Solo), in pairs (Sidekick) or in a team of three (Team Up):

The Sprint Super Hero Tri distance is a 150m swim, 3k cycle and 1K run.

The Half Super Hero Tri distance is a 400m swim, 10k cycle and 2.5k run.

The Full Super Hero Tri distance is a 750m swim, 20k cycle and 5k run.

Neurokinex is seeking more individuals and teams to sign up alongside its clients, staff and friends to raise vital funds for the Trust and will provide places in the tri free of charge.  To find out more or to offer your support as a sidekick or team member, contact kate.thornton-jones@neurokinex.org.

To support Lara’s team and the Trust please visit www.justgiving.com/neurokinexcharitabletrust

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Live or work in Ifield? Make sure you attend ‘Talk Ifield” Community Forum

Over one year after its successful re-launch in autumn 2017, the ‘Talk Ifield’ local community forum will be holding its next open public meeting from 7.00pm to 8.30pm on Monday 4th March 2019 at Elim Church, The Mardens, Ifield, Crawley RH11 0HD.

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‘Talk Ifield’ was first established in 2013 as a neighbourhood forum, run by local people, for local people.

It offers an opportunity for people who live and work in Ifield to meet and share ideas for improving and developing the local community for the benefit of everyone.

Anyone who lives in, who works in, or who has an interest in Ifield is welcome to attend the open forum meetings.

This year they are delighted to announce their guest speaker on 4th March will be Crawley Borough Councillor Martin Stone, who will be giving a presentation and leading a discussion on the subject of ‘Crawley Museum, and a short history of Crawley and Ifield’.

Crawley has a rich and varied history dating back several centuries, and the new Museum has now become a focal point for anyone who is interested in the heritage of our town and its changing character over the years.

Martin has had a leading role in helping to establish the Museum and has himself also undertaken extensive research into the history of Ifield in particular.

Mark Sudan, Chair of the ‘Talk Ifield’ Management Committee, said:

“Very many people attended our last open forum meeting in September, and we enjoyed a most interesting presentation on maintaining our neighbourhood environment from the Borough Council officer responsible for leading that work.

We are now looking forward to our next forum meeting on 4th March, at which Cllr Martin Stone will be bringing us up to date on the new Crawley Museum, and sharing with us his own extensive knowledge and research into the history of Ifield in particular.

This will be a fascinating evening’s discussion, and we urge as many people as can do so, to come along and share the experience as Martin takes us on a unique journey through local history.”

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