VIDEO: Boston gave a warm welcome to Egyptian team as they trained in town for the Paralympic Games

ATHLETES from the Egyptian paralympic team were welcomed to Boston by crowds of spectators at the Princess Royal Sports Arena.

Track and field sportsmen, who spent last week training at the venue, were watched by members of the public as part of a meet and greet session.

Egyptian Paralympic track and field athletes at PRSA, Boston.

Egyptian Paralympic track and field athletes at PRSA, Boston.

Following demonstrations of their abilities, the crowds were allowed to have a go at some of the sports, including challenging their champion racer Mustafa Mohamed to a 100m sprint.

They could also get their picture taken with the athletes.

Dr Mohsen Said, the chief of the Egyptian Paralympic delegation, said: “Boston has been lovely, the most beautiful thing is the warm nice welcome we had from everybody.

“The main objective here is to have our athletes training in a nice and relaxing environment.”

Egyptian Paralympic track and field athletes at PRSA, Boston.

Egyptian Paralympic track and field athletes at PRSA, Boston.

The event last Tuesday (August 21) was attended by community leaders including the Mayor of Boston Coun Colin Brothertoft and former Paralympian Mary Clarke, who is blind. Mrs Clarke, who took part in the 1984 New York Paralympics winning silver in the javelin and bronze in the pentathlon, said: “There’s a lot, a lot of hard work that goes into training.”

Members of Boston Kuk Sool Won also gave the team specially-made T-shirts.

Coach Sonny Boyal said: “The aim is to try to inspire my members, and not just that, make them realise there’s people who are worse off than them out there doing inspirational things despite their disadvantages.”

Egyptian Paralympic track and field athletes at PRSA, Boston.

Egyptian Paralympic track and field athletes at PRSA, Boston.

Egyptian Paralympic track and field athletes at PRSA, Boston.

Egyptian Paralympic track and field athletes at PRSA, Boston.

Egyptian Paralympic track and field athletes at PRSA, Boston.

Egyptian Paralympic track and field athletes at PRSA, Boston.