As part of the UK Athletics Talent Introduction Days, LimbPower recently held a ‘Learn to Run’ clinic at the English Institute of Sport (EIS) in Sheffield. The idea of the days is to allow people with disabilities to try different sports and see if they have hidden talents that could be developed, either with a view to just finding a new hobby, or perhaps with an eye on Rio 2016!
As a part of the activities on offer, LimbPower are offering ‘Learn to Run’ clinics to introduce amputees to running techniques and equipment. Prosthetist Ian Jones, Athletics Coach Lincoln Asquith and Paralympian Robert Barrett were running the Sheffield sessions. The sessions included: a theory based introduction to running-prosthetics and a practical element on basic walking and running drills.
Kiera Roche, LimbPower Chairman said: “I went along to the Sheffield clinic and learned a lot, including exercises for running and walking, an important element for those of us who are just embarking upon running properly for the first time as amputees. It’s not just for people with serious ambitions, although we know that Jonnie Peacock was spotted by the British Paralympic Association at a similar talent identification day in 2008, but anyone who just wants to be able to run safely would get a lot out of it.”
This was the first of four free clinics that LimbPower are providing, and the next one is coming up on 13th January in Manchester at Sportycity. That will be followed by Loughborough on 10 February and Chelmsford on 9 March.
Anyone who is interested in coming along and having a go, whether it’s just for fun or with a view to being the next Jonnie Peacock should get in touch with Kiera at Kiera@limbpower.com to find out more and register their details.
LimbPower – The British Ambulant Disabled Sports and Arts Foundation was founded in 2009 with the aim of offering relief to the physically disabled by aiding rehabilitation and improving quality of life through the medium of sports and arts. Registered charity no: 1132829
LimbPower also run The Amputee Games, launched in 2008 and now a much anticipated annual event introducing primary amputees to a wide range of sports, helping many of them with their rehabilitation and leading to a long standing interest in sport, and for some even Paralympic-level success. The 2013 Amputee Games will be held on 18/19 May at Stoke Mandeville Stadium. For more details visit www.limbpower.com
LimbPower – The British Ambulant Disabled Sports and Arts Foundation was founded in 2009 with the aim of offering relief to the physically disabled by aiding rehabilitation and improving quality of life through the medium of sports and arts.