Paralympics

Spinal Unit Games and WheelPower attracts 136 newly paralysed sports

Chris Keogh member of WheelPower

WheelPower, the national charity for wheelchair sport, recently welcomed 136newly paralysed men and women representing 15 spinal injury units from across the United Kingdom and Ireland to the 32nd Inter Spinal Unit Games at Stoke Mandeville Stadium from 9-11 April 2019.

Some had never played sports before, and each person had a different story to share as to how they became paralysed, yet all were willing to give the 26 different sports and physical activity sessions a try, before entering competition sports between the Spinal Unit teams. The flagship event finally culminated in a gala dinner and awards ceremony for all the participants, sports leaders and supporters of the event to celebrate the achievements and effort of all the participants and winners. 

Call for memorabilia and stories about disability sport

Cartwright Hall, where the memorabilia and stories about Paralympics and disability sport will be shared

In partnership with Bradford Council, an exhibition is coming to the Cartwright Hall Art Gallery in Bradford this month which will feature memorabilia and stories surrounding the Paralympics and disability sport.

From modest beginnings in the late 1940s at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Professor Sir Ludwig Guttmann encouraged wounded veterans to play sport as an aid to rehabilitation from spinal injury received from the battlefront. This led to local competitions, the Stoke Mandeville Games and in turn the birth of the Paralympic movement. Today, the Paralympic Games attracts national and international public support and interest.

Charity wheelchair basketball tournament to fund future Team GB champions

A special sporting event has been organised to pave the way for future basketball champions. 

National charity Path to Success is staging a Wheelchair Basketball Tournament at Olympic Park to raise funds for London Titans Wheelchair Basketball Club and begin the journey to victory at Tokyo 2020. 

All proceeds from the tournament will go towards buying specially-modified sports wheelchairs, court hire, match fees, transport and coaching for the Titans, which has produced more than 50 Team GB players in its history.

The event, which hopes to inspire a new generation of Paralympians, has received the support of Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, who has won a total of eleven gold medals in her glittering Paralympic career.

Olympics...Paralympics....Cybathlon

Cybathlon

An athlete whose disability means he cannot find a suitable sport in the Paralympics is fighting back – by taking part in the world’s first Cybathlon. 

Johnny Beer, from Aylesbury, Bucks, has flown out to Switzerland to demonstrate the life-changing effects of pioneering therapy and bionic assistive technology. He will compete in the FES bike race for Great Britain against 11 competitors from nine different countries. 

The Cybathlon comprises six rigorous challenges that promise a glimpse into the future by showcasing technology that will help those living with disabilities cope more effectively with daily life. 

Still victorious!

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‘victoRIOus’, the gold-nose British Airways aircraft that brought Team GB home from Rio is getting ready for its next mission – bringing ParalympicsGB home from the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, arriving on Tuesday September 20.

In preparation for its prestigious journey, the aircraft has been getting a makeover including a nose polish <https://vimeo.com/182705338> , full body clean and getting a new hashtag emblazoned on its livery - this time reading #BAckSupercharged.

ParalympicsGB depart on flight BA2016 from Rio de Janeiro on Monday September 19 and arrive in to Heathrow Terminal 5 on Tuesday September 20 at 9am, to an invite-only media reception. 

LimbPower Popular Primary & Junior Games returns to Stoke Mandeville Stadium

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LimbPower are proud to be holding the fantastic Primary & Junior Games event once again at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, birthplace of the Paralympics.  This event will introduce young amputees and the young ambulant disabled to a range of sporting activities in a safe, friendly and inclusive environment.

This year, the emphasis will be on introducing children aged between 5-18 years to a wide range of physical activities and sports, New sports included are: cricket, walking football and a climbing wall.  The aim of this is to help young ambulant disabled children develop their confidence, improve their balance and co-ordination and make friends for life.

Stroke survivor Megan Giglia is on her way to Rio

Stroke survivor Megan Giglia is on her way to Rio

A leading manufacturer and supplier of prosthetic limbs, Ottobock, is proud to announce Megan Giglia as its newest ambassador. In January 2013, the then 27-year-old from Stratford-upon-Avon suffered a stroke leaving her with right side paralysis along with various neurological issues and an uncertain future.

Now, just over three years on, Megan is a para-cyclist who has won gold medals, set new world records and she is looking forward to competing in the Rio Paralympics, which take place from 7-18 September.

Digital Participation and The Paralympic Games

With the Rio 2016 Paralympics approaching let’s look back at the success of the London 2012 games. The 2012 Paralympics was one of the most engaging events in the past five years due to its digital strategy. 

The Success of the London Paralympics 

The Telegraph has called the 2012 Paralympics “most successful in history” as it was astounding commercial success. The London event was the first Paralympics in history to succeed in sell-out ticket success. Millions came to watch the favourite Paralympic athletes perform in the UK capital.