Wheelchair challenge sees Olympic legacy live on

Junior world champion archer Jessica Stretton
Junior world champion archer Jessica Stretton

The Rotary Wheelchair Challenge is being held for the fourth time at Bedford International Athletic Stadium on Sunday, October 11.

They are seeking up to 30 teams of four 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.

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.

Junior World Champion archer Jessica Stretton, 14, is among those joining in the challenge.

Mary Whitehead, along with husband David and friends led by Howard Darbon, president of Sport Bedford, helped to host paralympians at the pre games camp at the Polhill 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.

Visit www.rotary1260.org.uk/wheelchairrelay