Patients ready for Inter Spinal Unit Games

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A team from the Golden Jubilee Spinal Injuries centre at The James Cook University Hospital will take part in the Inter Spinal Unit Games among 12 other spinal injury centres from across the UK and Ireland.

Wheelpower Inter Spinal Unit Games

On 8 April 2014 organisers WheelPower will welcome a team of eight patients from the Middlesbrough hospital to the flagship sports event.

The event for newly injured patients brings teams to Stoke Mandeville Stadium to discover and compete in a range of wheelchair sports.

Participants will receive coaching and demonstrations from leading wheelchair sports athletes and experienced coaches.

For nearly three decades the Inter Spinal Unit Games have been transforming lives. Matt Skelhon first found his talent for target shooting at the Games, two years later he claimed a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.

People who have had their lives changed through a traumatic injury or illness will discover what they can achieve both in terms of sport and an independent lifestyle.

WheelPower’s sport development officer, Stewart Jeeves, who organises the event said: “The Inter Spinal Unit Games are a great opportunity for people with a spinal cord injury to try sports. Sport is a key part of rehabilitation, it also gives great social interaction and a confidence boost to people after a spinal cord injury.

“Our aim is to encourage participation in sport and physical activity and support the fantastic work Middlesbrough do in their own rehabilitation programme.”

Georgie Friend, clinical support worker the National Spinal Injuries Centre said: “Every year we are always excited about the Inter Spinal Unit Games. It gives our patients the chance to play different sports and meet new people from other spinal units going through similar situations.”

Sports include:

  • Archery
  • Athletics (track and field)
  • Badminton
  • Cue sports
  • Fencing
  • Handcycling
  • Powerlifting
  • Rowing
  • Shooting
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Wheelchair basketball
  • Wheelchair rugby
  • Wheelchair tennis