“Be More Active” not easy words to digest if you have a disability, yet it is quite amazing what we see from people who have lost limbs, have physical, sensory or learning difficulties-many achieving goals at the Paralympic Games and various other events. Whatever we partake in, whether at a gym, on our own or with others many people with disabilities have aims and are inspired to have a go whether by being inspired by an international, national or local hero we do things for different reasons. Just a couple of months ago many of us were glued to our TV’s as we watched the first Invictus games.
If you are a regular visitor to our website, you will be reading the weekly blogs that Kelda Wood SDN Member is writing about,-her personal journey to Rio 2016. You will have heard about recent awards evening presented by Energize Shropshire Telford & Wrekin when many local people were recognised for sporting achievements. Whether winner of an award or finalist they were all achievers and put the county of Shropshire on the map.
We often get people asking us about disability sport, either they are trying to find a particular sport or they want to know what is available or what they can do having regard for their disability or long term condition.
We have had speakers at our SDN meetings ie Nick Beighton, Paralympian & Invictus Games Gold medalist as well as Ben Rowlings wheelchair racer. Ben’s aspiration is also to get to Rio 2016 We have our own sports ambassador Grace Hough who was a gamesmaker at London 2012 supporting us and helping with our signposting work. Recently you heard that Shropshire had appointed its first Sports Inclusion Officer-Jessica Lightwood. Those on the steering group of the Sports Inclusively Fit Project has held its first planning meeting and we are seeing that Jessica has been doing a huge amount of ground work enabling the project that we are involved with come to fruition. Now all parties concerned need to support Jessica and help move the project on.
2015 is being highlighted as the year of Health and Wellbeing. The English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) have released a new publication. It covers all aspects of being more active -Why, How, What, Where. This is a guide, simply written and illustrated, click on this link, as it gives us tips and is packed with information & guidance. http://www.efds.co.uk/assets/0001/0701/2518_BeingActiveReport_A4_FINAL.pdf