Paralympic star joins scouts party

A paralympian from Halesowen joined the town’s scouts group in a celebration of their achievements over the last year.

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An awards evening was held at the weekend where more than 100 scouts were given medals.

Wheelchair tennis player Jordanne Whiley handed out the awards at the event at the Earls High School in the town.

The scouts looked back over a year which included a series of 15 Olympic-themed activities including archery, climbing, orienteering and volley ball.

In March 90 scouts made their Olympic torches and carried them in relay to the top of Kinver hill, where lanterns were released into the sky. Other events included a canoeing challenge at Pikes Pool, near Bromsgrove and a cooking competition.

A film was shown to the audience of the scouts’ work during the last 12 months before Miss Whiley, who won bronze at London 2012 in the wheelchair tennis doubles, made a speech. Richard Legge, deputy district commissioner for the scouts, said: “The scouts have made a fantastic effort to complete so many activities in one year. They have entered into the spirit of the Olympic challenge and enjoyed the adventure of being a scout.”