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Loughborough to host interactive Paralympic event at Stoke Mandeville
29 May 2012
Researchers from Loughborough University’s Peter Harrison Centre for Disability Sport are hoping to give the public a rare insight into the life of a Paralympic athlete at a special event at Stoke Mandeville Stadium next month.
Visitors can gain behind the scenes knowledge and try out a range of wheelchair activities at the free Pushing to London 2012 event, which takes place on Wednesday 13 June from 7pm to 8.30pm.
Pushing to London 2012 will give visitors the chance to learn new wheelchair handling skills, discuss healthy eating habits, learn about the benefits of physical activity, and have a go at wheelchair basketball under the watchful eye of a GB player.
The event will also give visitors the opportunity to find out about Loughborough’s latest research in this area and the sports science supporting Britain’s Paralympic athletes.
There are an estimated 10 million people with a physical disability in Britain. Over four million of these people are under state pension age and around 700,000 are children.
Recent Sport England figures show only 6% of people with a disability regularly take part in sport, compared to 18% of able bodied people. Organisers are hoping to use interest in the London 2012 Paralympic Games to help increase this figure.
Loughborough University’s Dr Vicky Tolfrey explains:
“We hope this event will not only give visitors an insight into the life of a Paralympic athlete, but will also encourage them to take up a new sport or increase their physical activity levels.”
The event is open to all, with people welcome to turn up on the night. However, visitors that preregister via www.eventbrite.co.uk (search for “Pushing to London 2012) can secure a special goody bag.
The event has been made possible thanks to funding from Podium’s Knowing Sport programme which forms part of the International Convention for Science, Education and Medicine in Sport (ICSEMIS 2012).