Two provinces recently held successful Have a Go events targeting those with amputees and minimal disabilities. BC Wheelchair Sports Association and AQSFR both partnered with amputee organizations to spread the word about wheelchair sports to people with ambulatory disabilities who might not realize that they are eligible to play.
AQSFR held a wheelchair tennis event on July 10th in conjunction with the Amputee Coalition of Canada. The participants were treated to a demonstration by Yann Mathieu, the provincial development coach and were able to try the sport and ask questions.
“The players really seemed to enjoy the experience!” said Bridging the Gap Program Coordinator Karine Côté.
BC Wheelchair Sports Association, BC Wheelchair Basketball Society, the Bridging the Gap program and LifeMark Health hosted a successful Have a Go Day for amputees and people with other orthopedic disabilities on July 25th at the Langley Events Centre.
“This Have a Go was a great success!” said BCWSA Program Coordinator Kevin Bowie. “It’s so great to see people try out the sport chairs for the first time and experience the freedom of movement they can provide. Thank you to Jeanette at LifeMark Langley. I hope this will be the first of many Have a Go’s and the start of a great partnership.”
Six participants tried everything from athletics to wheelchair rugby to wheelchair tennis. While there have been many Have a Go Days catering to people with spinal cord injuries, this is one of the first to target amputees and those with orthopedic disabilities, such as arthritis or ACL surgeries. Many people with these disabilities walk and so do not realize that they are eligible to play wheelchair sports.
The event was made possible with support from ViaSport and the Province of BC.
To check out a Facebook album of event photos, click here.
If you are an amputee or have an orthopedic disability and want to get involved in wheelchair sports, please click here to see our upcoming events and here to contact a program coordinator near you.