Wheel Power - £3656
A new passion for sport
The British Wheelchair Sports Foundation, or Wheel Power, works across the UK with recently paralysed people and those disabled from birth. They provide opportunities to take part in a variety of sports, with the aim that each participant leaves rehabilitation with at least one sport they want to continue. Sports include wheelchair basketball, archery and rugby.
Inter Spinal Unit Games
Funding from the Crerar Trust enabled 5 recently paralysed people to travel from Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow to Stoke Mandeville for the Inter Spinal Unit Games in April 2019. They took part in 3 days of coached sport, concluding with an awards dinner. Although the focus is on taking part, trophies and other prizes were given out for certain sports such as archery.
More than just taking part
Ryan Findlay was one of the attendees. Prior to a high-speed car accident, Ryan had been a Muay Thai boxer, ranked fourth in Scotland. As part of his rehabilitation he's been trying new sports and thanks to Wheel Power, he was able to compete at the ISUG. Ryan enjoyed the incumbent hand cycling and archery in particular. Competitive before the accident, he's now aiming to find a place to train for the Paralympics.
"It’s been excellent, everybody’s been amazing that I’ve met. Everybody in the spinal unit is competitive and we’re here for some medals definitely."