73 new sports wheelchairs donated in 2017
In 2017, the Lord’s Taverners donated 73 sports wheelchairs to clubs and individuals throughout the UK, allowing 299 people to access sport who otherwise would not get the opportunity. We have also supported the national governing bodies (NGBs) of boccia and wheelchair basketball by helping to fund their national junior competitions. Both these NGBs promote the junior development of their sport and introduce and encourage young people to play and compete within community clubs. In addition, the Lord’s Taverners announced a new partnership with Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby to support their Junior Development Programme in November.
The Lord’s Taverners also offer young individuals and clubs financial support to purchase sports wheelchairs, allowing young people to regularly play, train and compete. Boccia England run a young leaders programme offering rewarding opportunities for participants to develop new skills along with confidence and communication skills.
Cameron Connor (15) from Bermondsey, lost his legs after contracting meningitis when he was eight, and his world and life choices changed completely. It was clear to him on his recovery that he could either let the situation get him down, or face up to his circumstances.
That’s exactly what he did, and after being inspired by the London Paralympics in 2012, Cameron got his first sports wheelchair from the Lord’s Taverners in 2014 and hasn’t looked back. Seven years after losing his legs, that dedication has him positioned well on the way to his ultimate ambition: representing Great Britain at wheelchair basketball.
Cameron said: “I really like getting to know people – I love going to tournaments – and when I get medals and trophies, I really think I’ve done something, and it inspires me to bring my friends to the training sessions. A lot of them like it, but don’t think that they can do it. I tell them that they can. Before this, I was scared to do anything. Then, when I’d done it – and done it well – I thought, I can do loads more stuff. You just have to give it a go – you never know until you make an effort.”