Take up the wheelchair challenge and keep legacy of Olympics

Rotary Club 'Wheelchair Challenge' in support of 'Whizz Kids' and 'Wheel Power' charities at the Bedford International Stadium, Bedford - October 6th 2013''Photo by Keith Mayhew ENGPNL00120131010145738
Rotary Club 'Wheelchair Challenge' in support of 'Whizz Kids' and 'Wheel Power' charities at the Bedford International Stadium, Bedford - October 6th 2013''Photo by Keith Mayhew ENGPNL00120131010145738

A project which started with people who helped to host paralympians at the University of Bedfordshire’s campus in 2012 is now making a new appeal.

The Rotary Wheelchair Challenge is being held for the fourth time at Bedford International Athletic Stadium on Sunday, October 11 and up to 30 teams of four are needed to compete in a wheelchair relay race which demonstrates the legacy of the London Olympics. Teams can be all ages, able-bodied or disabled, or a combination of talents. Wheelchairs are provided.

Mary Whitehead, husband David and friends led by Howard Darbon, president of Sport Bedford, helped to host paralympians at the pre games camp at the Polhill Road sports campus of the University of Bedfordshire.

Mary said: “The 2012 Games did so much to raise the awareness of disabled sport we wanted to make sure that the legacy lived on, so we staged the wheelchair race in October 2012.

“We would love to see more schools taking part or young people from organisations for teenagers. It’s a fun event.”

The first three events raised a total of more than £14,000 for WheelPower, Whizz-Kidz, Sport Bedford, and Herts Sport and Wellbeing Foundation.”

Teams should seek sponsorship and local companies are also asked to brand a race or trophy by giving £50 or more to the cause which supports various charities.

www.rotary1260.org.uk/wheelchairrelay