SportsAble hosts first ever Static Wheelchair Push Challenge

Tara O'Connor


It was a race against the clock for 10 teams in the Push Yourself challenge on Sunday.

Teams had an hour to see how many miles they could push a static wheelchair.

They went head-to-head at SportsAble in Braywick Park for the first ever Static Wheelchair Push Challenge, part of its Festival of Paralympic Sport.

The equipment was loaned by Invictus Active, which designs and builds the static wheelchairs.

There was also a range of activities on offer, including boccia, archery and short tennis.

Melissa Paulden from SportsAble said: "It is really quite challenging. 

"We wanted to do an alternative to our wheelchair push around the borough. 

"We are celebrating the Paralympics and raising awareness for disability sport."

Participants raised money through sponsorship for SportsAble, which specialises in disability sports and costs a quarter of a million pounds a year to run.

Teams have until the end of the month to collect sponsorship.

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