LimbPower Games 2019April 22, 2019 9:08 pm
LimbPower was launched in November 2009 to engage amputees and individuals with limb impairments in physical activity, sport and the arts to improve quality of life and to aid lifelong rehabilitation. In July 2014 LimbPower became a National Disability Sports Organisation, sitting alongside Wheelpower, Cerebral Palsy Sport (CP Sport), Dwarf Sport, British Blind Sport (BBS), UK Deaf Sport, Mencap Sport and Special Olympics Great Britain. Through the association and their work with the Activity Alliance and Sport England LimbPower help amputees and people with limb impairment reach their sporting potential. LimbPower also run arts based activities including confidence workshops and a photography club.
We joined LimbPower at their main event the LimbPower Games 2019 on 6th to 7th April, at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, the birthplace of disability sport and the Paralympics. This event is the highlight of the year for many amputees and individuals with limb difference, who are looking to discover and progress in physical activity and sport.
Over the years the LimbPower Games has helped hundreds of amputees and individuals with limb impairments to gain confidence, improve mobility and find a great new activity.
The Games have even been responsible for starting some on the road to the Paralympics! An impressive 83% of past participants to their events have said that they have gone on to take up a sport.
Among the sports on offer at this year’s Games were: athletics (track & field), cycling, archery, tennis, badminton, swimming, shooting, wheelchair basketball, cricket, sitting volleyball, football and a climbing wall. There were also be a number of workshops, including running, gym and dance. As well as some excellent competition events for amputees wanting to take their sport a little more seriously, including cycling time trial, archery and shooting.
Mark found a new talent on the shooting range and Steph clearly enjoyed the climbing wall, but we all enjoyed the socialising and meeting new friends.
Kiera Roche, LimbPower’s Founder and Chief Executive said: “The LimbPower Games is our flagship event with 818 people talking part since the event started. Whether it’s just for fun, or with a view to competition, the LimbPower Games enables everyone to set and meet their own challenges, and forge friendships that will last a lifetime.”
In addition to the LimbPower Games, LimbPower also run the Junior Games for young amputees aged 5-18 years to try different sports. The 2019 Junior Games will be held on 8th June at Stoke Mandeville Stadium.
LimbPower are also hosting a Manchester Multi Sport Event at the Armitage Centre, Manchester on the 27thApril. This is open to both children and adults.
Limb-art will see you all there.