The Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit has sent a team of seven patients to challenge for the 2016 Inter Spinal Unit Games title.
Staff in the unit have been working hard with the seven patients to prepare them for which is 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, the games introduces wheelchair sport to recently paralysed people and for many participants this can be the first trip away from hospital after the long journey of rehabilitation.
Glasgow last won the title in 2014, and both the staff in the unit and the team are confident they can lift this year’s trophy with a mix of male and female patients who are all currently in rehabilitation from spinal cord injury with varying degrees of experience and ability in sport.
Susan Walker, General manager, Queen Elizabeth National Spinal Injuries Unit said: “We are all behind this year’s team and are hoping they come home with the trophy on Friday.
“This is massive step for some of the patients and everyone in the Unit is extremely proud of both the patient taking part and the staff who work tremendously hard with the patients involved.”
The Inter Spinal Unit Games will welcome over 90 participants from 14 spinal injury centres between 12-14 April.
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NOTES TO EDITORS
The Inter Spinal Unit Games will welcome over 90 participants from 14 spinal injury centres between 12-14 April at Stoke Mandeville Stadium.
The games are sponsored by WheelPower, the national organisation for wheelchair sport. WheelPower is a Registered Charity based at Stoke Mandeville Stadium in Buckinghamshire, the birthplace of the Paralympic movement, who introduce disabled people to sport as a positive lifestyle choice following injury or illness.
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Pic: Staff and some of the patients making the trip to Stoke Mandeville.
Front (left to right) Caroline Davie, Samantha Maguire, Louis Clegg, Darren Hampton and Angela Brown.
Back (left to right) Susan Gilhespie, Alan Davies, Marion MacLeod, Caryn McCubbin and Jen Cloughley