A PARALYMPIAN from Somerford Keynes inspired pupils at Malmesbury School this week.

Issy Bailey, 22, gave presentations to ‘sports leaders’ and children with special educational needs (SEN) at the school.

She spoke about how she bounced back from a car accident that left her paralysed from the waist down to qualify to compete in the Paralympic Games in Rio this year, and about the Games themselves.

Afterwards she got the children to try out activities that gave them an understanding of doing sport with a disability, such as playing catch wearing glasses that allow people to see what it’s like having a visual impairment.

Ceri Griffiths, assistant head of PE at the school, organised the event as part of an ongoing attempt to encourage children with disabilities at the school to engage with sport.

“Anything that inspires them to take up physical activity is a good thing,” she said.