Showing off some Wheel Power

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One of the world’s most successful ever Paralympians has given her support to a sports programme to give schools the opportunity to experience wheelchair sport.

The Relay Challenge, led by Stoke Manderville based charity WheelPower is a team challenge based on the former Paralympic sport Wheelchair Slalom and is open to schools in Aylesbury and the surrounding area.

Groups of students will learn the basics of wheelchair sport, before testing their skills in races around a challenging course of slalom poles and obstacles to register a score on the competition leader board.

Eleven time gold medal winner, Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson has called for schools across the area to take the opportunity to get involved in the WheelPower Relay Challenge that started this summer.

She said: “The WheelPower Relay Challenge is a fantastic way to give school children the opportunity to learn the basics of wheelchair sport and test their skills and speed on a challenging relay course using sports wheelchairs.

“Often disabled children will have to adapt to be included in their school PE lessons, but this project can show the other school children how to think more positively about wheelchair sport.

“The fun sessions delivered by WheelPower will also help increase awareness of disabilities in schools and students can start to understand the type of training involved to become a Paralympian.”

Participants are encouraged to raise £6 in sponsorship each.

Funds raised will help WheelPower transform the lives of disabled people through various sporting activities at Stoke Mandeville Stadium and around the country.

The WheelPower Relay Challenge is open to primary, secondary and independent schools in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and other surrounding areas.

To find out more information schools can visit www.wheelpower.org.uk or contact Ollie Moore via ollie.moore@wheelpower.org.uk

Last year 38,536 disabled people trained or took part in an event at Stoke Mandeville Stadium.

A further 5,851 disabled people from East London took part in the Paralympic Legacy project Motive East, which included Time to Shine delivered by WheelPower.