What it means...
“I’m not a sports fanatic or anything, but proving to myself just what I’m capable of has helped in every facet of daily living. There really is no better way to build a life worth living after paralysis. I can tell you that from the heart.”
That quote sums up Sportability. The charity has one aim – to provide sport and challenging pursuits for people with paralysis. People with conditions such as spinal cord injury, stroke, MS, cerebral palsy and others, are able to participate in a variety of sports - quadbiking, micro-light flying, sailing, Blo-karting, canoeing, archery, angling, gliding, clay pigeon shooting, off-road driving, water-skiing and many more.
It’s not about creating elite sportsmen and women. It is about the adrenaline rush, putting the buzz back into a life corralled by the wheelchair, taking the 'dis' out of disability and focusing on ability. To inspire the thought, "If I can do this, what else can I achieve?"
Taking it to the Nation
A few years ago there was new drive and dynamism in the Charity with the expansion from it's then sole operating base in Gloucestershire opening with events in the Midlands, East Anglia and South London. Now we're delighted to say we are active in 12 regions around the UK, and there are more to come!
So Sportability has been able to bring new opportunities to many more people with paralysis.
The Bristol & Gloucester region had a new lease of life with Area Organisers Chris and Jayne Selway introducing sailing and Blo-karting to the usual suspects of quad-biking, archery, sailing and falconry. We hope to add more this year.
The Midlands has grown to three separate regions - East & West - with the two Dans, Asher (East) and Marshall (West) providing a full calendar of events that included archery, canoeing, quadbiking, sailing, clay pigeon shooting, falconry and gliding. We also added powered flying in adapted light aircraft!
Then David Levick and Neil Wood added the South Yorks./North Midlands region (the Sheffield Rotherham Worksop Chesterfield loop) with with quadbiking, canoeing, sailing, shooting and archery. But there's more to come for all three with fishing, go-karting and ten pin bowling planned in the year ahead.
Surrey came in again with quad-biking, archery, clay pigeon shooting, falconry and sailing. Then last year we added gliding. We’re looking at more additions this year.
Dorset & Hants kicked off with quad-biking, archery and clay pigeon shooting, then we added canoeing and sailing. Now, there's sea-sailing, the hugely successful microlight flying and gliding.
Kent & E. Sussex has multiple motorsports - quadbiking, 4x4 driving, Maxcats (an amphibious tank-like vehilce) and an assortment of funky fun cars - sailing, archery and clay shooting. And again we added gliding.
East Anglia and the North-west (Liverpool/Manchester) are set to come back with sailing, quadbiking, clay shooting and gliding.
Oxford came in with microlight flying, sailing, clay shooting and archery. Still to come is quadbiking.
Essex launched with quadbiking, archery, clay pigeon shooting, and we’re adding canoeing and sailing for 2013.
London had clay pigeon shooting and water-skiing, and we’re hoping to add gliding.
We're once more looking at two new regions for 2013 - In Middle England, a new region of Herts/Beds/Bucks and a South Yorkshire region taking in Hull, Yorks and Leeds.
Sportability is dedicated to re-building those lives shattered by paralysis.