WheelPower, the national Charity for wheelchair sport, is delighted to announce that Kris Aves is our new Patron. Kris is no stranger to WheelPower and has been involved with the charity since 2018, after he attended our Inter Spinal Unit Games.
On becoming Patron, Kris said:
“I’m really looking forward to representing WheelPower and spreading the word about this amazing charity. I believe I can show others, through my experiences, how sport and physical activity can enrich lives. For me sport is therapy and through the great work of WheelPower, it’s accessible to everyone.”
WheelPower Chair, Rob Wilson commented: “We are thrilled Kris Aves has agreed to become a Patron of WheelPower. His experience of having a spinal injury together with his tremendous positive approach to life after injury and love of sport make him an ideal person to help us promote our work.”
On 22 March 2017 Kris was returning from a commendation ceremony with the Metropolitan Police. As he crossed Westminster Bridge, he was hit by a 4x4 in an attack which killed five people and injured many more. Kris's injuries left him in a coma for eight days and he had broken both his legs, damaged shoulder, sternum and damage to his spinal cord. The attack left Kris with a permanent spinal cord injury and a need to use a wheelchair.
In 2018, during his rehabilitation, Kris attended WheelPower’s Inter Spinal Unit Games at Stoke Mandeville Stadium. The Games provides recently paralysed people with the opportunity to try and compete in over 20 different sports and activities. Kris represented his team in many sports and picked up a medal in the pool competition. As Kris explains,
“I was privileged to represent the National Spinal Injuries Centre, Stoke Mandeville at the Inter Spinal Unit Games and I saw at first hand the sense of comradery that sport brings. It enabled me to try new sports and reignite my passion for sports I already loved.”
During a further period of recovery Kris has continued to support WheelPower in many ways, including building links with local organisations and supporting WheelPower’s fundraising. In 2019 Kris was our special guest and presented the medals at the Mix96 Tour de Vale Bike Ride.
“Kris will be a tremendous asset for the charity and will help us raise the profile, as well as encouraging support for our work from existing and potential new donors. He is a wonderful role model and will inspire other disabled people to play sport and become active. I am delighted he will be our Patron and look forward to working with Kris in the future.” Martin McElhatton OBE, Chief Executive.