Northamptonshire wheelchair athletes can come and have a go at track racing

wheelchair racing
wheelchair racing

Potential Paralympians of the future will be put in the hot seat at an event for racers who want to try their hand at wheelchair athletics.

The Northants Athletics Network Wheelchair Racing Academy will be launched at Corby Athletics Club, Rockingham Triangle Stadium, Corby on Sunday September 20, from midday to 3pm.

Open to anyone with a physical disability such as a spinal injury, Spina Bifida, leg amputee, Cerebral Palsy and Muscular Dystrophy the event is for those who can self propel in a chair.

Participants will be able to borrow brand new, state-of-the-art racing wheelchairs.

The specialist racing wheelchairs to be used on the day were recently purchased by the Northants Athletics Network using a £10,000 grant.

Funding from Sport England followed a successful application to their ‘Get Equipped’ fund, set up as a legacy from the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

Northamptonshire Sport’s Disability Development Officer, Graeme Wilson said: “It’s great to be able to offer this exciting new opportunity.

“Wheelchair racing played such an important part in the impact of the 2012 Paralympics due to the home success of Hannah Cockcroft and David Weir.

“It would now be brilliant to build on the legacy of the games at a local level by getting more people with physical disabilities physically active by getting involved in this.” For more details call Sue Rey 07833 675937.