The Golden Jubilee spinal cord injuries centre at The James Cook University Hospital is set to send a team of eight patients to challenge for the Inter Spinal Unit Games title.
Widely recognised as the flagship event for spinal injury centres across the UK and Ireland, the Inter Spinal Unit Games introduces wheelchair sport to recently paralysed people.
Held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, the birthplace of the Paralympic movement for many participants the Games are the first trip away from hospital after the long journey of rehabilitation.
Middlesbrough’s participants will compete in sports such as wheelchair rugby, athletics, tennis, swimming and many more accessible sports.
The team will feature patients in the North East and Cumbria region currently in rehabilitation from spinal cord injury with a mixture of experience and ability in sport.
The Inter Spinal Unit Games is organised by WheelPower, the national charity of wheelchair sport.
WheelPower’s Sport Development Officer Stewart Jeeves said “The Inter Spinal Unit Games are a unique opportunity for people with a spinal cord injury to experience the range of sport and accessible activities that are available to them.
“People who have had their lives changed after a traumatic injury or illness enjoy a week long experience and benefit from the guidance of leading wheelchair sport coaches and athletes.
“Sport and exercise is an essential part of rehabilitation, it also gives great social interaction and a confidence boost to people after a spinal cord injury.
“WheelPower would like to thank Stewarts Law, SIA Healthcare, New Quadrant Partners and Outer Temple Chambers for their support for the Inter Spinal Unit Games.”
The Inter Spinal Unit Games will welcome over 90 participants from 14 spinal injury centres between 12 to 14 April.