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Stoke Mandeville Stadium hosts National Junior Games

Future Paralympians are gathering for the the four day event organised by WheelPower

Published by Mix96 News at 6:15am 1st October 2018. 3-minute read.

Stoke Mandeville Stadium hosts National Junior Games

Young disabled athletes are being welcomed to Aylesbury today (1/10) for the National Junior Games at Stoke Mandeville Stadium.

A hundred and forty 12 to 18 year olds are competing in the event hosted by WheelPower, aimed at improving the wellbeing and mental health of youngsters with disabilities.

Latest national research suggests that non-disabled people are twice (46.6%) as likely to play sport than disabled people (24.4%). This flagship event, provides an opportunity to take time out of the classroom and discover sport in a safe, welcoming and friendly environment.

The Games will combine have-a-go sessions with coaching from some of the country's leading sports professionals, and competitions in a range of different age groups and sports.

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The initiative is all in line with WheelPower¡¦s strategy, 'Pushing Forward' which aims to transform lives through sport and enable more disabled people to lead healthy and active lives. It also coincides with the Charity's 70th anniversary celebrations of the birth of the Paralympic Movement and wheelchair sport at Stoke Mandeville.

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Oliver Buncombe, Sports Development Officer said:

"The National Junior Games are a fantastic way in which disabled children and young adults can experience and engage with sport and physical activity. The Games also provide a platform for the sharing of ideas and experiences between participants, teachers, parents, carers and guardians. WheelPower is thoroughly excited to run the Games this year and look forward to welcoming participants both new and old".

Martin McElhatton, Chief Executive of WheelPower said:

"Participants will be following in the paths of Paralympic stars such as Ade Adepitan, David Weir, and Baroness Tanni-Grey Thompson, who all took part in WheelPower¡¦s National Junior Games on their road to success. Although for WheelPower it is about giving the young people the chance to achieve their personal best, find a sport they love and inspire them to continue playing sport and being active throughout their lives".

The sports and activities include; archery, athletics, wheelchair basketball, boccia, bowls, cue sports, wheelchair fencing, golf, handcycling, polybat, powerlifting, wheelchair rugby, swimming, table games, table tennis, tennis and zone hockey.

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Parents, guardians, personal assistants, and teachers will be involved in supporting participants during activities to ensure that they get the best experience possible throughout the event. All sports coaches are qualified, have DBS checks and have lots of experience of delivering activity to disabled people.

The National Junior Games is just one of WheelPower's many wheelchair-friendly and inclusive sporting events designed to increase the importance of how sport can play a vital positive role in the wellbeing and mental health of young disabled people across the country.

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