Stewarts hosted WheelPower’s annual drinks reception at their London offices on 17 November for the third year.
The event was attended by more than 50 people, who heard athlete Marc McCarroll and Sam Joyce speak about the positive impact wheelchair sport has had on their lives.
Marc McCarroll is a professional wheelchair tennis player who spoke about his involvement at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and the importance of the recognition he has received since then.
Marc talked about being recognised in the supermarket and how, although this might seem trivial, it proved to him that he and other people in wheelchairs are not invisible. Marc also spoke about the emergence of a more level playing field between Olympic and Paralympic athletes and how important this is.
Sam spoke about the boost he received from taking part in WheelPower’s National Junior Games. Sam attends a mainstream school, which does not have the facilities for him to take part in sports such as wheelchair rugby.
Each year, the Junior Games helps young people with disabilities benefit from the guidance of some of the country’s leading coaches in disability sport. Sam’s involvement has encouraged him to consider a career in sport in the future.
Both Sam and Marc’s stories were hugely inspiring and it was great to learn what a positive and lasting impact WheelPower has in helping people come to terms with their injuries at the outset, and also to achieve in the long-term that they didn’t think would be possible.
WheelPower are dedicated to providing opportunities for disabled people to find a sport they enjoy and provide opportunities throughout the year to introduce people to wheelchair sport.
Sport can develop confidence and improve fitness but it’s also a great way to have fun and make friends. There are tremendous physical and psychological benefits, whatever your age or ability and that’s why more and more people are joining our sport events.
To find out more about WheelPower, visit their website here – WheelPower.