On the eve of National Paralympics Day, we’re reflecting on a sporting legacy that’s changing attitudes around the world.
Here at Motivation, we believe in sport for all. Our range of affordable sports wheelchairs aims to encourage more people to take part, and remove the cost barrier for clubs, schools and families who want a quality sports wheelchair that won’t break the bank.
But these chairs are not just about creating the next generation of medal winners. In all corners of the globe, they’re also changing attitudes.
In Afghanistan, we’ve come a long way since 2012. Just two years ago, the country’s female wheelchair basketball teams were playing behind an opaque screen in Kabul. And an inter-team tournament was banned, as it wasn’t deemed appropriate for women to leave their families to travel to Kabul for the match.
This year, the first Afghanistan Women’s National Championship was held. Playing sport as a disabled person in Afghanistan is a breakthrough in itself; doing so as a woman is even more remarkable.
In Uganda, a simple game of wheelchair basketball brought over 500 disabled and able-bodied children together, in a country still plagued with stigma. Inspired by what they could achieve, 132 disabled children now go to school as a direct result of playing sport.
In the UK, young people 12 year old Henry, disabled are discovering that sport can be the very best kind of therapy, and prove to other people that anything is possible: “Playing sport I feel part of a team… it’s made me happy again”
And don’t forget, all profits from sales of our sports wheelchairs goes back into our charity projects, helping disabled people in the world’s poorest countries to get mobile and stay healthy and stay alive.