WheelPower November Newsletter

Welcome to the November WheelPower Newsletter.

Please let us know if there are any stories or features that you would like to see more of in your member’s newsletter – this could be local events and activities, funding opportunities or the work that WheelPower do.

Sport England are "Backing the Best" by providing funding for stars of the future

The rising costs of sport is forcing the best up-and-coming talent to drop out across all disciplines and disabilities.

On average parents are spending up to £27,000 to allow their child to pursue the sport they love, so the arrival of this Sport England scheme to help with that burden is timely.

£5.5 million of National Lottery funding over 4 years will be committed to youngsters to achieve their ambitions.

Read more about it at the Sports England website, 'Backing the Best'.

Mo Jomni reaches Athletics World Championships final in WheelAppeal chair

Great Britain’s Moatez Jomni has been dubbed a rising star in the athletics world, and competing at his first ever IPC World Championships Mo was quick to recognise the support that he has benefited from along the way.

In his racing wheelchair, part funded through WheelPower's Wheel Appeal, Mo stormed to a personal best in the T53 100m in Doha. This has placed him among the top 6 in the world.

Read more about his wonderful achievements on our website or click on the image to be taken to our Wheel Appeal page.

The Minister for Tokyo 2020 visits Stoke Mandeville Stadium

The Minister of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games has visited Stoke Mandeville Stadium ahead of the games in 2020.

Mr Toshiaki Endo traveled to our iconic venue to see the heritage of the place that is globally recognised as the birthplace of the Paralympic movement.

Acting as tour guide Martin McElhatton, our Chief Executive at WheelPower, showed The Minister historical artefacts, a rehabilitation session in progress for spinal patients from The National Spinal Injuries Centre, and the current sporting facilities available to disabled people and the general public.

Mr Endo is just one of many notable guests that visit Stoke Mandeville Stadium to see the impressive facilities and the work taking place here.

National Junior Games a huge success for schools and individuals alike

115 youngsters returned home from a four day extravaganza of disability sport at the National Junior Games this September.

Organised by WheelPower the national charity of wheelchair sport, the Junior Games is one of the most renowned events on the calendar for disability sport.  As many as 20 inclusive sports were on offer and led by experienced coaches at the birthplace of the Paralympic movement, Stoke Mandeville Stadium.

There were so many wonderful stories of experiences gained and success. You can read about both individuals and schools who attended through our news section on the website.

Special mentions should go to Oli Peak from Angmering School in Sussex for scoring an incredible 99 out of 100 in Target Shooting; and Ashfield Academy in Leicester who returned from the Games with a remarkable 15 gold medals.

WheelPower to show support for #GetYourKitOn campaign

“79% of people believe that the government should do more to support grassroots sport – I am one of them. Don’t cut funding for grassroots sport”

Coming events from WheelPower

These week we are both attending and hosting two exciting events.

On Thursday 19th November we will be attending 'Kidz to Adults upNorth'. It is a free exhibition dedicated to young people with disabilities and special needs. This year hosted at Event City Manchester, please do stop by and say hello.

On the weekend of the 21st November we will be running here at Stoke Mandeville Stadium the Junior Sports Camp. Our Camps are a great way for children with a disability to discover sport in a friendly and completely inclusive environment. For more information contact our Sports Development Officer at stewart.jeeves@wheelpower.org.uk or call 01296 395995


Congratulations to our WheelPower Survey winner

Last month we conducted our very first Membership Survey. The views collected in this survey will be used by WheelPower to enable us to better support our members and help us increase our membership.

We had a fantastic response and as promised, one WheelPower member was randomly drawn to win a £50 Amazon Gift Voucher. That lucky member was Alison Murray. Well done Alison and thank you for participating!







Keep an eye out for our regular newsletter for the latest news and events in wheelchair sport.

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