Disabled athletes rise to the challenge at 2011 Amputee Games

23rd August

 

2011 Amputee Games

Over 80 amputees took part in the 2011 Amputee Games, meeting sporting legends Jodie Cundy & Tanni Grey Thompson in the process.

The Games, which were held at the Stoke Mandeville Stadium on August 13-14, offered novice and experienced amputee sportsmen the opportunity participate in a range of sports – aiding rehabilitation and helping them on their road to recovery.

Thirteen different sports were available to try over the weekend, with rowing offered alongside wheelchair basketball, tennis, archery, badminton, sitting volleyball, fencing, biking, and a range of track and field events.

Sports can play a major role in the rehabilitation of amputees, increasing strength, core stability, balance, as well as self-confidence and self-esteem.

2011 Amputee Games

The indoor rowing competition consisted of 500m on the ergos, with separate categories for male and female competitors.

Russ Young finished top of the men's catagory - covering the 500m in one minute and 45 seconds - while Lorraine Lambert won the women's event in an equally respectable 02:13.

The Games were organized by Limb Power, whose next challenge is to cycle from London to Paris – cycling approximately 300km in three days on September 30.

For further information about Adaptive rowing please email Maddie Millichap on madeleine.millichap@britishrowing.org or telephone 07818 576148.