What an extraordinary year 2016 has been for WheelPower and for disability sport. We have helped more people than ever before find a sport or activity they love to participate in or play competitively.
Although more disabled people are playing sport today than there were last year, there is still much work to do to ensure that all disabled people have the opportunity to access sport or physical activity in their local community. Today, just 17% of disabled people play sport regularly, compared to 43% of nondisabled people.
During 2015/16 WheelPower’s support enabled 105,245 disabled people access sport or physical activity through our events and programmes at our home at Stoke Mandeville Stadium or through our outreach work around the country.
We are working in six Spinal Injury Centres throughout the UK, supporting the rehabilitation and recovery of recently disabled people. We organised more Sports Camps for disabled children and adults, and our work with Motivate East is giving disabled children and adults from some of the most deprived areas in East London the chance to be more active.
We were honoured to host the Paralympic Heritage Flame Lighting Ceremony for the spectacular Rio 2016 Paralympic Games on the very hallowed ground where our founder Sir Ludwig Guttmann started the Paralympic movement. The ceremony was broadcast live on Channel 4 and reinforced our place at the heart of disability sport.