Power2inspire was established following a triathlon relay in September 2013.
Founder John Willis, born without fully formed arms and legs, joined forces with able-bodied friends, Tim Martin and Henry Brown, to compete in an able-bodied triathlon relay at Eton Dorney rowing lake.
John undertook the swim, Tim the cycle ride and Henry the run. Together they smashed their goal of not coming last – they finished 18th out of 27 teams – but more importantly realised it was great fun to participate in a mixed ability team.
Inspired by an advert showing non-disabled players joining a wheelchair user in a game of basketball, John established the core of the Power2inspire’s mission – Inclusion through Sport. Determined that his experience as a child of being excluded from sports, should not be repeated, he created Power House Games.
King’s College School, Cambridge was a willing partner and the first two inclusive and adapted sports days were held in their grounds. And it was a King’s pupil, who created Power2inspire’s No 1 Rule, “To Have Fun!”.
We added Festivals of Inclusive Sport in 2015, and have now hosted golf, badminton, hockey, cycling and tennis events.
John continued his fundraising challenges with a swimming challenge in 2015, completing 50 1,000m swims in 100 days around the country and talking at every school and club along the way. In 2016 in the run up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games John embarked upon another challenge, JohnsRoad2Rio, in which he completed all 34 Olympic and Paralympic sports. Watch the video by clicking here.
John engages with his audiences – of young and old alike – with tales of his challenges, his experiences of a life with a disability and how to overcome barriers. He has now spoken to over 6,000 people and would be delighted to come and speak to your school, club, company or community group: book John to speak.
We added in response to school requests the opportunity to fundraise for us in an inclusive way through our Inclusive Kilometres. Check out these fun ways to engage in exercise – ideal for schools or clubs wishing to reduce the cost of a Power House Games.
Five intrepid runners ran for us in the 2017 Cambridge Half Marathon, commencing a general fundraising campaign. Don Hutchinson, with his Highway to Hawaii has taken on this baton. Please support Don and if you feel inspired and wish to run, cycle, swim, wheel, dance or hop for us please sign up on our Contact us page or just link us to your fundraising page.
We have come a long way in a short time: we have now delivered 44 Power House Games, held 9 Inclusive Sports Festivals, and engaged over 8,000 children and adults, including the 110 talks made by John around the country. Please help us deliver more by making a donation: