This year over 80 participants took part from 13 different Spinal Units. The units attending were from all over Britain including Scotland, Ireland, Wales and England. A lot of the success of these games and other similar events in Britain is mainly due to Wheel Power and their staff.
The sports represented include archery, athletics, wheelchair fencing, wheelchair basketball, table tennis, tennis and shooting. Individual medals are given to the winners and also to the Units gaining most points from all the sports. Glasgow was the winning Unit this year but competition was fierce.
In archery the first day was spent in instruction and practice, followed the next day by practice arrows leading in to the competition. Due to high participation, each competitor shot 12 scoring arrows. The standard was exceptionally high, with many scoring over 100 points and the top scores coming in between 113 to 115.
On the last day the UK’s Minister of Sport
for Disabilities Mike PENNING attended – and paid a flying visit to the
various sports. It did not take much persuasion for him to have a quick
go at archery after being impressed by the scope of the day, and he did
The idea of these Games is to ‘transform
lives through sport’. It is the same philosophy put forward by Sir
Ludwig GUTTMANN, who encouraged participation in sport when he took over
the Spinal Unit at Stoke Mandeville in the 1940s. Sir Ludwig’s ideas
were revolutionary at the time and instrumental in the birth of
Paralympic Sport. Archery was one of the first of those sports.