Amputee hopes to get special school pupils into triathlon

PC, Darren Lough and PC, Jim Gordon have donated 10 bikes to Graeme Moore and pupils from Bamburgh School for their triathlon club.
PC, Darren Lough and PC, Jim Gordon have donated 10 bikes to Graeme Moore and pupils from Bamburgh School for their triathlon club.

An amputee is aiming to show youngsters there’s no barrier to taking up sport by opening up the world of triathlon.

Graeme Moore lost his lower right leg to nerve damaging condition Charcot-Marie-Tooth.

PC, Darren Lough and PC, Jim Gordon have donated 10 bikes to Graeme Moore and pupils from Bamburgh School for their triathlon club.

PC, Darren Lough and PC, Jim Gordon have donated 10 bikes to Graeme Moore and pupils from Bamburgh School for their triathlon club.

However, the loss of one of his limbs has failed to stop the sports coach from taking part in activities.

Now, he is volunteering his time at Bamburgh School, which caters for youngsters with special needs, where he hopes to open up the sport of triathlon to youngsters.

Last week, the 53-year-old hosted a taster session at Brinkburn Community Centre for pupils from the school.

The event, which saw youngsters take part in running, cycling and swimming, was made possible with the help of police, who donated a number of bikes for use.

I really can’t thank everyone who made the day possible enough

Graeme Moore

Halford’s also stepped in to carry out a service on the cycles and donated helmets to the pupils.

Mr Moore said: “I really can’t thank everyone who made the day possible enough – the police for donating the bikes, Halford’s for checking them over and for donating the helmets and Jean Copp and Brinkburn Community Centre for her support.

“It was such an amazing day and to see the children when they turned up and the smiles on their faces when they were fitted with helmets and given a bike, you really can’t put it into words.

“They had a great time taking part in running, cycling and swimming and it gave them a real insight into triathlon.”

Ritchie Abbott from Halfords, South Shields helping children from Bamburgh School fix up the bikes they received from the police to help with their Triathlon training at Brinkburn Community Centre.

Ritchie Abbott from Halfords, South Shields helping children from Bamburgh School fix up the bikes they received from the police to help with their Triathlon training at Brinkburn Community Centre.

Zoe Doyle, a teacher at Bamburgh school, based at Horsley Hill Community Campus, said: “The pupils really enjoyed the taster session with Graeme, it was such a great opportunity for them to try out something different.

“We had pupils from across the years taking part and they had so much fun. The bikes were donated by the police and Halfords helped to clean them up and donated helmets for the children – it really was an excellent day.”

Graeme Moore (centre) and Glenn Johnstone, Sporting Ambassador for ArcticOne Foundation helping pupils from Bamburgh School train for their Triathlon.

Graeme Moore (centre) and Glenn Johnstone, Sporting Ambassador for ArcticOne Foundation helping pupils from Bamburgh School train for their Triathlon.

Pupils from Bamburgh School training for their triathlon at Brinkburn Community Centre.

Pupils from Bamburgh School training for their triathlon at Brinkburn Community Centre.