Lions' Olympic Legacy
By gbnailsea | Sunday, March 17, 2013, 15:21
Nailsea Lions, inspired by the success of our athletes at the Paralympics, have donated a sports wheelchair to the South West Scorpions Wheelchair Basketball Club.
Lewis Munday tries out the new wheelchair, watched by Lion President Pam Hunt and Head Coach Kevin Ogborne
Lion President Pam Hunt with members of the South West Scorpions
The chair, costing £500, was funded by the Lions and supplied by Brockley based Motivation, a charity which provides wheelchairs for disabled people in many part of the world. Prior to the London Paralympics, the charity was asked by the International Paralympic Committee to design affordable sports wheelchairs so that more disabled people could get involved in sport. The resulting low-cost, high-quality chairs have enabled thousands of disabled people in over 50 countries to play sport.
The South West Scorpions, which meet every Sunday at Gordano Community Sports Centre, in Portishead, provide opportunities for kids and adults from Bristol and the south-west area to play the exciting sport of wheelchair basketball. Currently there are 42 members, with the membership continually increasing. The club has a number of teams playing in various leagues, and the 10ft team, which uses a basket 10ft off the ground, have reached the national finals in Sheffield.
Nailsea Lions President, Pam Hunt said: "The Lions are proud to be able to help support this local club, which helps to transform the lives of many disabled youngsters and adults, by giving them the opportunity to play and enjoy competitive sport".
Kevin Ogborne, Head Coach of the Scorpions, thanked the Lions saying: "With our membership continuing to rise, we are extremely grateful for this new chair, which will help more youngsters to enjoy the facilities and friendship of our club".