Jonathan tries Paralympic sports at Nissan event​

Jonathan Mayne, who is a Service Advisor at our Hadfield Road dealership in Cardiff, attended a Nissan Academy Accreditation Event in Shropshire yesterday (January 21, 2016) and had the chance to meet BritishParalympiansand try some Paralympic sports.

Thirty-six-year-old Jonathan from Bryncethin enjoyed a day of activities followed by dinner and entertainment due to his Nissan Academy achievements in the last year.

Jonathan, who is able-bodied, said: “I had a fantastic time at the Nissan Academy Accreditation Event. It took place at the renowned British sporting venue, Lilleshall National Sports Centre.

“I had the chance to find out more about Nissan’s relationship with Team GB and the British Paralympics Association, and had the opportunity to try out first hand some of the sports that will feature in the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games including Sitting Volleyball, Goalball, Boccia and Wheelchair Basketball.

“Sitting Volleyball was great fun but extremely hard work as you are in the seated position at all times. Our team managed to score an amazing 81 touch rally.

“Goalball was a sport I had watched during the London 2012 coverage and I enjoyed trying this tremendously. There are three people on each side lying down defending a goal at each end and each player wears a blindfold. The ball is rolled from one team to another with a bell in it. It takes amazing skill and concentration to track the ball and react as it approaches. We were coached by Rio 2016 hopeful, Laura Perry.”

Boccia is designed for athletes with severe impairments. It is a target ball sport similar in principle to bowls but is played indoors with soft leather balls. Jonathan and the other attendees were coached by Paralympic and World Championship Gold medallist, Nigel Murray.

Keeping with the theme of Rio 2016 there was also a Samba band lesson. The teams were judged on musical abilities, dancing and smiling.

Jonathan added: “Finally we tackled Wheelchair Basketball. The chair itself took some getting used to. Once I had figured it out it was very enjoyable, fast and physical. We did some drills and then played a game, I didn’t manage to score but I had a couple of shots. We had coaching from Paralympic medal winner, Pete Finbow and Team GB Rio 2016 hopeful, Louise Sugden.

“The day was an amazing experience it really opened my eyes to just how skilful these sports actually are. I think like most people I took an interest during London 2012 but to play them gave me a fresh perspective.”

The day of activities was followed by dinner and entertainment with a talk from Darren Campbell MBE.

Jonathan started work at Wessex Garages in January 2014 and has taken part in Nissan Academy, which is Nissan UK’s training program consisting of E-learning and class room based work. Nissan Academy has set courses that people must complete to be accredited in their job role.

Gareth Howells, General Manager at Wessex Garages on Hadfield Road, said: “We’re delighted that Nissan Academy has identified Jonathan as one of the top achievers in the network based on his achievement in the last full year of accreditation.

“We would like to congratulate Jonathan on his amazing achievement. He is a very dedicated and hardworking member of our team and it is fantastic that he has been recognised for his effort.”

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