Mini paralympics held in former Bury St Edmunds student’s memory

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A group of disabled children from Bury St Edmunds competed in a mini Paralympics in memory of former King Edward VI School student Emma Holloway.

Emma, who played for AFC Sudbury Ladies and coached disabled children, died in a road accident in 2010.

Emma Holloway, 19, AFC Sudbury player, died in a car crash on November 3. ENGANL00120110710101512

Emma Holloway, 19, AFC Sudbury player, died in a car crash on November 3. ENGANL00120110710101512

In her memory, her parents set up the Emma Holloway Foundation to support disability sport in Suffolk.

The Foundation joined forces with the Panathlon Challenge charity to stage Friday’s West Suffolk Primary Panthlon event at her old school.

More than 50 children from schools in Bury St Edmunds, Stowmarket and Sudbury took part in the multi-sport competition.

A team combining pupils from Sudbury’s St Gregory CEVC Primary School and St Edmunds Catholic Primary were crowned winners.

Emma’s mother, Julie Parker, said: “All of them are special occasions in their own right, but I am particularly proud of this one, as it was held in Emma’s old school and in her hometown. It makes it that little bit more special.”

Mrs Parker felt the event was a fitting tribute to her daughter, who had a passion for coaching children with disabilities and special educational needs.

Vanessa Lyons, 8, from St Edmunds Catholic Primary, received a special award for the pupil who epitomised the spirit of the Foundation, as chosen by Mrs Parker.