10th Sep 2014

Wheelchair Sports Spectacular

Wheelchair Sports Spectacular returns to Cardiff on September 12th and 13th and looks to welcome participants of all ages and ability levels.

 The popular event is free and takes place on Friday, September 12th from 10am to 4pm and Saturday, September 13th from 12pm to 4pm.

 The two day event which is in its eleventh year is organised by Disability Sport Wales and Sport Cardiff with the support of local authorities across the South East Wales region, and offers children, young people and adults the opportunity to take part in 20 different sports, all under one roof at Cardiff Met University, National Indoor Athletics Centre (NIAC) in Cyncoed.

 Each day various sports will be showcased, all run by club coaches. They include badminton, table tennis, wheelchair basketball, golf, wheelchair football, karate, wheelchair racing, and cricket, plus many more.

 It is primarily aimed at physically disabled adults and children but everyone is welcome to attend. You do not necessarily need to be a wheelchair user to attend and sports wheelchairs are available for use on sports where needed. Designed to spot those who might have a burgeoning talent or those who simply want to take part in sport and have fun - there are sports to suit everyone of all ages and ability levels.

 As well as having the opportunity to try the sports, attendees can also find out about local clubs they can join and get involved in disability sport.

 This year the Cardiff Bay Rotary Club have committed to being Principal Sponsors of the event for the sixth year in a row which shows a huge commitment to supporting disability sport and inclusion.

Additional support has also been given by Cardiff Met University, Cardiff Council – European Capital of Sport, Cardiff University, Snowdrop Independent Living, Invacare and Sinclair Van Hire (Cardiff).

 The event aims to get disabled people more active in sport and will see around 500 participants from across the South Wales region and beyond taking part. 

 Jon Morgan,  Executive director of Disability Sport Wales said "This event has now become an important date in the Disability Sport Wales calendar. Over the years many thousands of people have benefitted from this event by being introduced to new sports and clubs which they have gone on to join. Many of the sports that we showcase are excellent examples of inclusive activity whilst others offer the opportunity to engage specific paralympic or disability specific programmes. Following on from the success of the Swansea IPC Athletics European Championships it is important that we continue to keep the profile of disability sport high on everyone's agenda in Wales and this event ticks all the right boxes, ensuring that we continue to maximise opportunities for disabled people to get hooked on sport for life."

Jo Coates – McGrath, Sport Cardiff's Disability Sport Wales Development Officer, said. “This event is an excellent opportunity for disabled people to try a range of sports along with their family and friends. The event is now well established, and we have seen hundreds of people go on to join local sports clubs and enjoy the benefits of sport. The event has also uncovered some amazing talent with several people making it through into elite squads for various sports. Just last week Harri Jenkins and Phil Pratt were in Spain with the GB under 22 Wheelchair Basketball Team having first tried the sport at the Spectacular and gone on to join a local club. Whether you want to strive to be the best or take up sport for fun, there really is something for everyone at this event. “

 All are welcome and anyone can turn up and have a go at as many of the sports as they want to - entry is free.

  For further details visit www.wheelchairsportsspectacular.co.uk or follow on twitter @DSW Cardiff or #WSS2014 or call 029 2020 5284



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