We need your help!

Power2inspire are pleased to announce that our 2017 Festival of Inclusion program has been selected for funding from the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ Grant scheme.

Power2Inspire’s vision is of a society where everyone has the opportunity to participate in sport, regardless of body type, age, disability, religion or ethnicity, and can do so together. Look for this little video on our Facebook page, it illustrates our vision beautifully –

https://www.facebook.com/Power2InspireUK/?fref=ts

Our mission is to bring mixed ability sports events and inclusion to every school and, through our Festivals of Inclusion, to the wider community. At our festivals, every one of every ability is welcome. For example, at our first badminton festival we had a triple world champion (Rachel Choong) playing a national player in a wheelchair (the most exciting player to watch) and playing members of the public, including children, who just turned up because they like badminton.
To help charities like ours Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork to launch the Bags of Help initiative which offers charities, community groups and projects, in each of around 200 Tesco regions across the UK, a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags.

Our 2017 Festivals of Inclusion project now goes forward to a customer vote in Tesco stores where customers will decide the outcome by voting for their favorite project each time they shop.  This will enable us to host a number of Inclusive Sports Festivals like last year’s HOCKEY event pictured below.

Voting will take place from Wednesday 1st March to Saturday 29th April. The result of the voting will be known by the end of May. The project with the highest number of votes across our region will receive £5,000, the second placed project £2,000 and the third placed project £1,000.

How to vote

To vote simply make a purchase, of any value, within any of the Tesco stores listed below. You will receive one token per transaction – it’s not necessary to purchase a carrier bag to receive a token. Please ask the checkout operator for a token if one isn’t automatically given to you. Please then drop your token into Festival of Inclusion collecting box – The Bags of Help collecting boxes are usually situated by the Customer Services desk. It really is that simple.

Where to vote

The following Tesco stores in our region are all available to support Power2inspire’s Festivals of Inclusion.

Bar Hill – Tesco Extra
Histon – Tesco Express
Milton – Tesco
Ely – Tesco
And Stores in Cambridge.
Campkin Road – Tesco ExpressCherry Hinton – Tesco Express
Chesterton – Tesco Express
Clifton Road – Tesco Express
East Road – Tesco Express
Hills Road – Tesco Express
Mill Road – Tesco Express
Newmarket Road – Tesco
Fulbourn – Tesco
Great Shelford – Tesco Express

More News.

Cambridge Bio-Augmentation Systems Prostheses for Power2Inspire.

Cambridge Bio-Augmentation Systems (CBAS) undertook work to create custom prostheses for a quad amputee, John Willis of Power2Insipire (P2I). These prostheses were to allow John to take part in Kayaking, Rowing, Archery & Tennis as part of the P2I “Road to Rio” challenge during which John will complete every Olympic and Para-Olympic sport before the end of the 2016 Rio games. In addition to being devices for John, these prostheses were required to be easy to make, openly available online, and easily transferrable to other amputees with either a single or double upper limb amputation.

CBAS produced the four prostheses, one for each sport and these are pictured below. These devices were primarily 3D printed with some machined components where 3D printed plastic had insufficient strength. Drawings, 3D printing files and assembly instructions can be found at
http://www.instructables.com/member/CambridgeBioAugmentationSystems/

These prostheses are designed to either be used alone or attach to a normal prosthetic socket with a 3/8th whitworth threaded hole, in John’s case this was achieved with an RSL steeper friction wrist plate adapter. This part, or adapters from other manufacturers with the same 3/8 whitworth thread, are standard parts that any UK amputee can request included in the socket through an NHS prosthetist and is also available in other territories. The archery prosthetic also uses an inexpensive off the shelf trigger mechanism.

John has found all four prosthetics to fulfil the designed function, allowing him to participate in sports otherwise inaccessible to someone with double upper limb amputations.

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Bogey, Birdy and Par – John’s Golf Day.

After 33 sports I was on the home straight, with the last, a favourite, golf. I have played the game on and off for about 10 years now, so I was confident I could complete the challenge though a full 18 holes, even with a buggy, is a stiff task. I was delighted that JohnsRoad2Rio […]

Wrestling in the Community

John’s Wrestling Challenge I have to admit to being trepidatious before this the 32nd of my 34 challenges. We found a club in Peterborough – sadly the nearest one to Cambridge, reflecting the unfair low regard in which the sport is held. This is an ancient sport, one of the few that have come from […]

2nd Annual Inclusive Badminton Festival

A fantastic day of Inclusive badminton. Wow, what a great day. Today Power2inspire hosted its second annual Inclusive Badminton Festival. With great support from CADMuS, the Cambridge Adult Disability Multi-Sport Club and The Cambridge University Sports Centre, the P2i team of Steve, katie and Anne welcomed players, both disabled and non-disabled, to take part […]

Photos on the Road2Rio

Photos on the Road2Rio By Rachel Garratt

I first began working with Power2Inspire as part of the team running the Power House Games programme taking inclusive sports to schools in Cambridgeshire and Essex. It was very interesting learning about inclusive and adapted sports for people of all ages and abilities and a pleasure to then teach […]

John’s Cycle Challenge

Cycling with friends at the Lee Valley VeloPark.

I was really excited to try out my new tricycle on the Road Circuit at the Lee Valley VeloPark, the 31st of the 34 Road2Rio sports. Right beside the Velodrome – you have to go in to reception to gain access – it is a mile long, lit, […]

John gets to be a BiG SHOT!

John’s Rifle shooting Challenge.

I was invited by the Cambridge Shooting Association to complete my challenge with a match against Tom Holah at the Elizabeth Way road bridge range.

The first thing to note is the location of the range. Hidden away under the northern support of the bridge, thousands of residents, commuters and visitors pass […]

John’s Archery Challenge

A morning of Archery with the Cambridge University young Archers.

A scorching hot late summer’s day (in fact the hottest September day in 105 days), the beautiful grounds of a Cambridge college and enthusiastic young archers keen to help me try their sport: what’s not to like?

Jack, Lydia, dad and compound bow expert, Patrick, Rob and Maryia […]

Basketball – with coach Wendy

John’s Basketball Challenge.

Earlier this year pupils from across the county came together to play a range of sports at the Active Essex Winter School Games on Friday 22nd January 2016 at Harlow Leisurezone, Mark Hall Sport Centre and Norman Booth Centre.

The School Games is a programme which aims to motivate and inspire young people to […]

Synchronised Swimming

This was great fun!  I was a little nervous as I didn’t know what to expect.  But Rebecca and the girls from Seymour Synchro Swim School made me so welcome and were so game to try things out, I had a blast.
On a more serious note, my admiration and respect for those that compete has […]

Athletics – Throwing the Hammer

For the athletics leg of JohnsRoad2Rio I chose to throw the hammer. England Athletics helpfully invited me to compete as a guest at their National Age Group Championships on August Bank Holiday Sunday at the International Athletics Stadium in Bedford. What a place and an event to debut.

I didn’t realise, when I selected the hammer […]

Sitting Volleyball at Parallel London

I was thrilled to be invited by Volleyball England to join them on their court at Parallel London 2016. This fabulously inclusive event took place for the first time at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (to give it, its full name), and alongside an inclusive run/walk/push there was a festival of inclusive activities.

Richard Stacey-Chapman, sitting volleyball development […]

Water, water everywhere!

JOHN’S ROAD2RIO AQUATIC CHALLENGE WELL AND TRULY DONE!

Saturday 3rd September was something of a WET DAY!  John was attempting to swim 7 Olympic distances in one day. Thanks to great support from GLL, who manage the Cambridge City Pools, John was given permission to swim in three of the Cambridge pools. Saturday morning and he […]

Boxing Clever with the Kids

Boxing with the Trumpington Boys.

The Road2Rio Challenges are coming thick and fast.  This week John was a guest of the Trumpington Boxing Club where he successfully completed his Boxing challenge at the famous Thomas A Becket gym in Cambridge.

The Thomas A Becket gym has strong links to Trumpington Amateur Boxing Club. Since formation in 2010, […]

The Paralympics are coming!

Support our local athletes at the Paralympics.
Power2inspire received the latest disability newsletter from our friends at Living Sport.

It reminded us, as if we needed a reminder, that the Paralympics begin on 7th September.
We will have 11 local elite athletes from Cambridgeshire and Peterborough to follow and cheer on.

Having witnessed the amazing efforts of our Olympians […]

Boccia with the boys.

Probably the most Inclusive sport you could find. Yes, Boccia is the most inclusive sport of all. A major sport at the Paralympics it allows those with the greatest impairments to participate. A cross between bowls and the French game boules, it requires skill and tactical nous. Earlier this year John was invited by Active […]

Judo with the Cambridge University Judo club.

John’s Road2Rio, JUDO Challenge. The History of Judo. The takenouchi-ryu martial art system founded in 1532 is considered the beginning of Japan’s Jujitsu forms. Judo was derived from Jujitsu, the art for either attacking others or defending oneself with nothing but one’s own body. In 1882, Dr. Jigoro Kano (The Father of Judo) […]

Playing Hardball with a Goalball!

John’s Road2Rio Goalball Challenge.

This week John was invited down to the Cambridge University Sports Centre to join in with a
Team GBGoalball training session.

 

Special thanks to GB coach Faye Dale for allowing us to come and to GB Goalball player
Sarah M. Leiter was arranging it.

John enjoyed an excellent training session with the GBGoalball team, even though […]

Rowing on the River

John’s Road2Rio Rowing challenge completed. On Saturday 27th August 2016, at the Cantabrigian Rowing Club Cambridge Regatta, John completed the rowing leg of #JohnsRoad2Rio.

The Rowing was a great success. Gill Cooper from Cantabs was very pleased. Rosie, a wheelchair user John met at Cadmus, coxed and a young man called Robbie rowed, remarkably well for […]

John’s Road2Rio Challenge – Nearly there!

This year’s challenge almost completed. 34 Olympic and Paralympic sports before the end of the Rio games.

Well this time next week we will be into September. I joined Power2inspire in January and John’s Road2Rio challenge was already underway. Completing the challenge has been, shall we say, challenging. There were times when it looked like we […]

John’s Pedal Power!

Fancy joining John on Sunday 18th September in London?

Power2Inspire are very excited to collaborate with British cycling in an inclusive coaching and challenge event! 18th September, 10-12am, Lee Valley Park, London.

 

 

 

Come and join the team! We will have fun coaching activities run by British cycling coaches who will be able to give advice and helpful […]

John’s chance to be a Big Shot!

DO YOU FANCY BEING A BIG SHOT?

As part of John’s Road2Rio Challenge, John will be undertaking his “Shooting” challenge on 17th September. You can join him.

Why not come along to our Inclusive Shooting Taster Day?

On Saturday 17th September, Power2inspire will be teaming up with the Cambridgeshire Shooting Association to host a series of Inclusive Shooting […]

John’s Road2Rio Aquatic Challenge

 

MAKE A BIGGER SPLASH!
With the Rio Olympics underway, Team G.B’s medal success and the Paralympics starting soon, disabled local businessman and founder of Power 2 Inspire, ‘John Willis’ continues with his ‘Road to Rio’ challenge. He is swimming 7 Paralympic and Olympic distance in one day in 3 different pools around Cambridge.John would love as […]

Equestrian

Of all of the sports in my JohnsRoad2Rio challenge, horse riding was the most daunting. Despite – or was it because of – my family’s very horsey background, I had not ridden since I was very young, and the thought of being up so high with the real risk of falling, filled me with dread.

Fortunately, […]

Weightlifting – or Pretending to be a Husky!

I am so glad I broke into my holiday to complete the Weightlifting part of my JohnsRoad2Rio challenge. Dan Thomas and the guys from RP Fitness were so welcoming, so accommodating and so encouraging that I loved it, coming away with a huge grin.

The Trinity Hall Industrial Estate tucked away in the eastern part of […]

Tennis – Come and Try It!

For the tennis leg of the Road2Rio challenge I was invited by the Tennis Foundation to play an exhibition match during the British Wheelchair Tennis Open at the Nottingham Tennis Centre. It was, from my perspective, a huge success!

First I had to sing for my supper. Not literally, fortunately, as that would have cleared the […]

Kayaking Practice

Awesome! That’s the only way to describe it. On a beautiful summer’s evening on a leafy part of the Cam I had my very first solo adventure in a kayak. It was fabulous! Here’s the evidence:

But let’s start at the beginning of this glorious evening…

My friend Jayni who has recently joined Scope as their Digital […]

A Varied Week

“What do you call a man with no arms and no legs in a swimming pool?” “Bob!” I answered my own question. The young boy was non-plussed as his dad chuckled. “We are working on ‘knock knock’ jokes just now.” Verbal jokes were beyond a five/six
year old.

 

This repartee in the changing room was my reward […]

John’s Road2Rio: Sailing

I have completed the sailing leg of my challenge – JohnsRoad2Rio, in which I participate in all 34 Olympic and Paralympic sports. I joined in a race at Broxbourne Sailing Club, just north of the M25 at the bottom of the A10.

They have been so welcome at the club, typified by the help that Jackie […]

Hammer Throwing

Athletics was always going to be a real challenge within the JohnsRoad2Rio campaign. I am not a runner!  Jumping is very hard and I didn’t fancy it becoming the Short Jump or the Low Jump.  So hurdles, steeplechase, the pole vault were all out.  That left the throws.

 

When I met the ebullient Malcolm Wallace at […]

A Full on Week of Games and Training

I thought I was busy! But this week has seen a step up in activity. I have managed to fit in Hammer throwing, Rowing, Swimming, Tennis and Cycling, as well as helping out at our first PowerHouse Games for a Girl Guides group, giving talks to Comberton Village College allied to their PowerHouse Games […]

Kayaking, archery and tennis in one day!

I realised I was tired when I dozed off on the train heading for what turned out to be an excellent dinner at my old law firm Hogan Lovells, complete with Olympians and Paralympians but more of that later!  And when I thought about it I did have an excuse. I had been filmed trying […]

17 hours, 4 sports and one TV interview! Who needs rest?

My friend and the sporting blogger extraordinaire, Debbie Knight – find her at www.debsknisport.com – tweeted me, “Do you ever relax?”  It made me think, how much had I done in the previous 24 hours, though in fact it was only 17 from beginning to end.

I worked out I had swum, had my second ever […]

Fencing at Waterloo

Why were we fencing at Waterloo Station? How? Wouldn’t it be dangerous? What would all those passengers make of it?
Jack, Steve and I found the area reserved for British Fencing just by the clock on the concourse of the station easily. It was surrounded by large blue Wilkinson Sword banners advertising this come and try […]

A Weekend of Water

The second May Bank Holiday weekend was a time to take to the water.  On Saturday I sailed for the first time, on Sunday I kayaked for the first time.

 

Sailing

I had been out in a sailing boat before but I had never been in control.  This was exciting. Broxbourne Sailing Club were enthusiastic, welcoming and […]

John’s Road2Rio: Gymnastics

This sport is a real challenge. It isn’t in the Paralympics so how was I going to do it?

Cue Adam Scott of Huntingdon Gymnastics Club.  He is kind, imaginative and committed to the community. This is a club that promotes excellence – Louis Smith and Daniel Keatings, GB Olympians are members – but is passionate […]

Another Week of Variety

The training keeps going and the novelty is exhilarating.

Following Taekwondo and Handball last weekend attention has turned to fencing, swimming, tennis and riding.

Fencing 

I had another teaching session with Sarah Paveley on Tuesday. She kindly came to the Future Business Centre, where we used a meeting room; a real advantage of wheelchair fencing is that it […]

John’s Road2Rio: Taekwondo, Riding and Fencing

This week has been different – no particular event but lots of training and a number of firsts.

Riding

Starting last Thursday, I went riding for the first time!  Well, not quite the first time….

That was when I was four and I rode in a specially constructed basket on the back of a donkey.  Apparently I adored […]

John’s Road2Rio: Handball

Handball without hands!  Now that’s a challenge. I was invited by England Handball to attend their Cup Final day at the Copper Box on the Olympic Park to demonstrate how inclusive this popular sport is and encourage more youngsters to give it a go.In order not to make a fool of myself I went to […]

JohnsRoad2Rio – Hockey

The sports are coming fast now.  Cambridge City Hockey Club (@CCHCUK) invited CADMuS and Power2inspire to join in their first ever inclusive hockey festival on the Saturday of the Bank Holiday weekend.  I had played back in August with them, which had led to a trip to the Copper Box on the Olympic site to […]

JohnsRoad2Rio – The Dive

I knew it was a big day when I woke at 4:00, 4:30, 5:00 and 5:30 am. I gave up at 6:00 am and got up. I was nervous. Though I have appeared in front of large crowds and in the spotlight there is a different fear with diving. Throwing yourself off a board 3 […]

John’s Road2Rio: Football

John took on the Football leg of his Road2Rio Challenge at Peterborough United Football Club.

Members of the crowd were picked to have a go at kicking the ball into the skip, in a truly inclusive competition! This included Joseph Valente, the most recent winner of The Apprentice. John ended up getting it closer, but does […]

John’s Road2Rio: Rugby

Cambridge Rugby Union Football Club had already been very good to me. They have welcomed me, accommodated my needs – mostly cutting up my food at pre-game lunches! – and found me a very acceptable seat.  I was confident they would do what they could last Saturday to make our JohnsRoad2Rio day at Volac Park […]

Diving Training

I have just completed my fourth session with the Cambridge Dive Team, so it’s time for an update!

First a big thank you to all the guys and girls – Lottie, the head coach, Grace and Alice, the other coaches, and to the young divers who have spurred me on.

I was shocked when I started at […]

My First Bounce

On Saturday 16 April I joined in with the rest of the CADMuS crew with a trampolining session.  The Cambridge University Trampolining Club (CUTC) came to the University Sports Cente to promote their sport and demonstrate it is open to all.  

Cambridge Adult Disability Multi-Sports Club meets most Saturdays from 10 am until 12.  We […]

Changing cars

I have been fortunate enough over the last 5 years to drive a Toyota Prius under the Motability scheme. As a recipient of the higher mobility component of Disability Living Allowance, I am entitled to lease an adapted car.  I chose the Prius, following advice from Honest John of the Daily Telegraph and my daughters’ […]

JohnsRoad2Rio – Fencing

These are my thoughts on the next challenge – fencing – before I start training!

I have to admit that I thought this would be one of the more technically difficult challenges. That was before I met Sarah Paveley and Iain McDermint from Cambridge Sword (and this is written before wielding a foil in play!).

Fencing is […]

Who are you calling disabled?

I have the pleasure of working for a charity called Power2inspire. It’s founder John Willis was born without fully formed limbs. He is currently undertaking his “Road2Rio” challenge busy taking part in 34 Olympic and Paralympic sports before the games in Rio come to an end . Having got to know John quite well. “Disabled” […]

My First and Last Blog Post: Kate Jacobs

This will be my first blog post for Power2Inspire! It is also the last as I am leaving the Charity.

Where do I start? It has been an amazing time, little under two and half years ago John suggested lunch to discuss help with the setting up of the new charity, the rest as they say […]

Road2Rio: Triple World Champion Comes to Cambridge

Triple World Champion Rachel Choong, winner of 3 Gold Medals at the 2015 para-badminton championships was in Cambridge to participate in the the first Cambridge Festival of Inclusive Badminton. At the Festival Rachel took part in a mixed ability charity match with Elizabeth Cann, two-time medallist at the Commonwealth Games; Daniel Lee, para-badminton England team […]

Triple Gold Medal Winner Champions Festival of Inclusive Badminton

Badminton triple gold medal winner Rachel Choong is calling all disabled members of the community to take part in the Cambridge Festival of Inclusive Badminton.

Rachel Choong, who won three gold medals for England at the recent 2015 Para-Badminton World Championships, has joined forces with Power2Inspire, to offer members of the disabled public a master class in […]

Phase One of The Tri-Ultra Challenge

Hi my name is Steve and I work with the Power2Inspire team.

My work involves assisting Kate with the planning of the Power House Games and, as a sports coach, being responsible for much of the delivery. I’m also helping John with his Road2Rio challenge. Over the last few months I’ve been going along with John […]

My First Two Weeks at Power2Inspire

After just 2 weeks of work at Power2Inspire as the new intern, I can safely say that I never expected to be working in such a hectic, interesting and ever changing role. I have travelled around most of Cambridgeshire and Essex moving from school to school, helping John with his motivational talks. I have participated […]

All Inclusive Golf

On the 25th September, Provide CIC invited me to take part in their 2nd Annual Charity Golf Day, both as their former chairman and so I could showcase Power2Inspire, one of their chosen charities for the day.

It was an early start to the day, as we wanted to make sure we got to the golf […]

Road2Rio Training Session

When the Power2Inspire team set me the task of completing as many of the 62 summer Olympic and Paralympic sports as I can before Rio 2016, I knew it was going to be a difficult challenge. There are so many factors to take into account! First though, it is vital that we condition my body, […]

Para Badminton World Championships

On Friday 11 September we – Steve Morley accompanied me – visited the PBWC at Stoke Mandeville stadium, at the kind invitation of England Badminton chairman Derek Batchelor. Steve, a level 3 coach, was known to Derek and had told him of our Road2Rio challenge. Derek responded magnificently, not only inviting us but introducing us […]

Flyerz hockey festival at the Copper Box

The first ever Flyerz festival at the same time as the Euro Hockey Championships was held on Wednesday 26th August 2015 at the Copper Box on the Olympic Park, Stratford East London. That meant for an early start: 6:00 am rise and a 7:00 am departure as we – my daughter, Sara, accompanied me […]

Ping

We held a Ping! event today at the Future Business Centre.  Ping is the national table tennis festival running over the summer, celebrating that there are fixed tables all around numerous cities. Cambridge is no exception. But as we don’t have one at the FBC I persuaded Steve Morley of the City Council, who run […]

Job Opportunity: Social Enterprise Leadership Intern

Power2Inspire is recruiting!

For the past year Connor, a young graduate, has been working with us to create and shape the direction of Power2Inspire, give support to the team and train in social enterprise leadership and charity management.

Connor’s 12 months is up and he is moving on to a large NGO, determined to continue making social […]

PING at Parkside!

“Some-PING is happening” said the poster.  What is this PING?  It’s table tennis.  Cambridge City Council, joining a country wide event have been promoting free table tennis sessions around the city.  And we joined in today, outside Parkside, the pool and gym, right in the centre of Cambridge, alongside Parker’s Piece.
Steve Morley, of the City […]

Our first yoga class – in the dark!

On Sunday we held the first of another one of our pilot sessions at Parkside Pools and Gym. This time, Yoga in the Dark!

Yoga can provide an excellent way of keeping fit, improving core strength and flexibility and increasing confidence, but for people feeling self-conscious or body-conscious it can feel intimidating and exclusive. We devised Yoga […]

Inclusive hockey!

What a great day! It really is a red letter day when you get to do two things for the first time and you never thought you would. And at the age of 54! Marvellous.

What were they? They were playing hockey and playing a sport with my two daughters.

I had been invited by Andy Richardson, […]

PING at Parkside, Thursday 13th August 12-2pm

Power2Inspire is officially on the Road2Rio!

In the twelve months between now and the Rio 2016 Games, John and the Power2Inspire team will be taking on as many of the Paralympic and Olympic sports as possible to show that sport has the power to overcome barriers. We will be holding inclusive events to show that anyone […]

A New Arm!

Mark Currie, my prosthetist, rang yesterday to offer a cancelled appointment at 9:00 a.m. this morning to receive delivery of my new arm. I was there early as I was excited to try it. Mark was equally excited when he brought it in – to an office I had never before visited in all the […]

The Cambridge Triathlon: Inclusive sport in action

“Erghh! What’s that noise?  Oh it’s the alarm….at 5:05 a.m. Why?  Oh yes I’m volunteering to get up at the crack of dawn to swim 1500m in open water as part of a triathlon relay.  Why?  Erghhh.”
These were my thoughts as I awoke on Sunday morning.  The good news was that it was a beautiful […]

PRESS RELEASE: Mixed ability team complete Cambridge Triathlon

On Sunday 2nd August a mixed ability team from Cambridge charity Power2Inspire competed in the Olympic distance Cambridge Triathlon.
The team comprised of: John Willis, a local businessman born with foreshortened arms and legs who swum the 1500m open water swim; Rebecca Gilbertson, ex-Paralympian and wheelchair athlete with cerebral palsy who “wheeled” the 10km run accompanied […]

More Tri Training in Aberdeen!

My last training session before the Cambridge Triathlon Relay on Sunday – click here for my last training swim in Aberdeen, here for my open water session or here for more info on the race.  So it was back to the excellent Aberdeen Sports Village for my second and final swim there.
Isn’t it strange that just […]

Tri Training in Aberdeen

Going on holiday for the four days before the race (see Triathlon blogs) was never going to be ideal.  But my daughter has secured a part in a Youth Music Theatre production (one of nine this national organisation are putting on all around the country this summer) here in Aberdeen, so here we are!  We […]

Open water swimming

On Tuesday I went for my first open water swim since the triathlon relay at Eton Dorney with Tim Martin and Henry Brown a couple of years ago.  Don Hutchinson, Mr Cambridge Triathlon, very kindly agreed to accompany me in the lake at Milton Country Park, just before the Cambridge Triathlon Club juniors have their […]

Cross-training in Norfolk

I turned apathy into a positive on Saturday.  We had come up to North Norfolk for a couple of days away at our holiday home and I couldn’t face a 40 minutes drive to and from King’s Lynn and the complications of getting changed in an unfamiliar environment all for a swim in a general […]

The Cambridge Triathlon is approaching!

The Power2Inspire mixed ability team is gearing up to compete in the Cambridge Triathlon this Sunday.  I am swimming the 1500m, Connor cycling the 40k and Rebecca wheeling the run of 10k in her wheelchair.
With one week to go before my big swim I am happy with my performances. Despite three days off last weekend […]

Greens and grins: Golf as it should be played

 

 

Scroll to the bottom for a Storify round-up of the day’s social media!
On Friday 15th May, we had a fantastic, inclusive, sunny and smiley day for the first ever Power2Inspire Festival of Inclusive Golf. Bob Barnes of Cambridge Lakes Golf Course hosted us, Adrienne Engelman of Cambridge Golf Academy and a PGA golf pro kept […]

Getting Hands-On for the Road2Rio Challenge

Starting this summer the Power2Inspire team will be embarking on their Road2Rio challenge. For this we are going to be playing every single Paralympic sport in the 12 months leading up to Rio 2016.

For me, this throws up some interesting challenges. Lots of the sports I can play without much fuss, but my disability means […]

PRESS RELEASE: POWER2INSPIRE HOLDS FESTIVAL OF INCLUSIVE GOLF

On May 15th Cambridge charity Power2Inspire is holding a charity golf day celebrating inclusion and getting disabled and non-disabled people playing sport together.

The “Cambridge Festival of Inclusive Golf” is being organised in conjunction with the Cambridgeshire County Golf Partnership and will be held at Cambridge Lakes Golf Course on Trumpington Road. It is the first […]

Power2Inspire has a new website!

It’s been a long time coming, but Power2Inspire has got a new website!

Have a look around and make yourself at home, it’s packed full of content and will be updated with lots more over the coming months.

We’ve got a lot planned this year, what with the Festival of Inclusive Golf on the 15th May, more […]

Disability, time and trousers!

It was while doing up my belt that it dawned on me that one of the biggest challenges facing disabled people is time, or rather a lack of it, or to be pedantic, that things take longer so are either rushed, not done or done poorly.

Without hands, the act of inserting the prong of a […]

Innovation, Caring, Excellence and some ICE-cool kids!

This week I was presented with a bookstand.  This was no ordinary bookstand.  Two young men – Jonny Woods and Rei Chin, from Dean Close School, had made it specially for me.  Here it is:

The story started a year ago.  I went to Dean Close, in Cheltenham, to swim one of the 50 1km swims […]