On Sunday 14 October 2018, Rotary organised the Seventh North London Disability Games at the Aspire Sports Centre in Stanmore.
With 12 Clubs working together on:
- New Age Kurling
- Table Tennis
- Wheelchair Slalom
There was definitely something for everyone. Our sincere thanks go to Assistant Governor Scott Maclachlan and his helpers who organised the event, and to the many sports clubs that attended. District Governor Mike Wren was there to support to Clubs and to present the medals at the end of the event. You can see more photos here.
We plan to organise an East London Disability Games in May 2019 based on Ongar.
The Wheelchair Relay that started in Manchester at the Great Britain and Ireland Rotary Conference, under the supervision of Ade Adepitan visited Stanmore on 21 April 2017 on its way to the Stoke Mandeville Games.
The wheelchair has visited all the Spinal Units in Great Britain and Ireland in partnership with WheelPower, who were present in strength at Stanmore.
District Governor Helen took to the wheelchair for the final 200 yards, and commented that being in the chair gave her a different outlook on the event and on the world. Firstly she found it difficult to control – “much harder than I was expecting” – but also, she commented on the fact that it is difficult to look at people eye-to-eye. That was not something she had expected. She added, “this experience has given me much more respect for those that are using wheelchairs everyday”.
Those attending finished the event inside the Aspire Sports Hall where there was a demonstration of wheelchair-based sports.
The Rotary Clubs in North London have taken the Legacy Message from the Paralympic Games to heart, and with Scott at the forefront organised a wonderful event, the Rotary North London DisAbility Games, at the Aspire Centre attached to the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital in Stanmore, North London.
A video of the event has been set up on the Rotary in London Website, and can be seen in the Video Gallery section of the site. It is four minutes and forty seconds of your time well spent to have a look at it!