Joint Rotary Clubs Success with “Push4IT” Wheelchair Racing
"Push4IT" that's what it is all about! Wheelchair sport at its best.
DG Cheryl and DGN Mary about to race - but can they beat the young competition?
Colin McCartney of Biggleswade-Ivel is really taking it seriously - and is right on track!
Master of the Track, Howard Darbon starts the first 400 meter single lap race - all keen competitors
Warming up before the race is always important
Is that really DGE Dave Ford NOT in pole position?
Three quarters of the Registration Team - The tea boy took the photo!
Biggleswade Air Cadets lined up on the runway for take-off! They really fly!
Margaret Whitehead presents a cheque from the Elizabeth Alexander Trust to Varun Bandi for the new Disability Sports Club.
Also present Alistair Burt MP, Deputy Lieutenant Nick Keir and DG Cheryl Law
A young competitor on the track!
Is this the fastest Ford on the track? The lure of the medal being held by Deputy Lieutenant Nick Kier is the incentive.
An expert demonstration of Wheelchair Tennis
Varun Bandi shows us how to do it - Perfect control!
Mary Whitehead ready for the off in the 4 x 50 metre relay - A study in concentration.
Another successful Wheelchair Challenge event was organised by Rotarians from the Rotary Clubs in Baldock, Bedford, Biggleswade and Sandy – for the sixth year running!
Now named Push4IT, with a smart new logo
designed by HND graphics students at Bedford College, the event at Bedford
International Athletics Stadium attracted 25 teams on Sunday 8 October, with
each team tackling a 4 x 50 metre relay course, as well as nearly 20
individuals racing over a single 400 metre lap of the track and raised yet more
money to add to the £30,000 already raised for the development of sport for
young disabled people over the past five years.
Alistair Burt, MP for North East Bedfordshire, Nick Kier,
Deputy Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, and Invictus Games Bronze Medallist and Captain
of the British wheelchair basketball team, Craig Winspear, all attended and
supported the event.
In addition, the occasion saw Margaret Whitehead, President
of Bedford Physical Education Old Students Association, hand over a cheque for
£10,000 from the Eileen Alexander Legacy Fund for Bedford and County Athletic
club to establish a new section for disabled people of all ages to compete in
athletics. The grant will be
specifically used to purchase 3 racing wheelchairs and associated
equipment. Receiving the cheque was 12
year old Varun Bandi from Flitwick, whose strong support for the new club has
been so much in evidence since he took part for the first time at the 2016
Wheelchair Challenge event.
Some fast times were recorded and the overall winners were
Kachow (a team from Bedford Modern School) in 1min 16 seconds. Three teams
finishing in the equal time of 1min 21 seconds were Biggleswade Air Cadets,
Teams 1 and 2 and Hot Wheels from Bedford Modern School.
The first family team to finish were Arriba (1 min. 26
seconds); the senior team, all over 65, were Ivel Rotators in 1min. 52 seconds,
followed by Sandy Paralytics, 2 mins 12 seconds. It just shows what elderly
Rotarians can do!
This year’s new event was a 2 x 100m relay which was won by
Cavell in 2 mins. 25 seconds, while the one-lap challenges were won by Chris
Jayes 2 mins. 25 second, and Varun Bandi, in 2 mins. 42 seconds.
Adding an international dimension, a team made up of Rotarians
from Noyon,(100 kms north of Paris), who were visiting Bedford Rotary Club competed
and enjoyed themselves - and perhaps they
will come back again next year!
The planned demonstrations of the disabilty sports of
boccia, seated volleyball and wheelchair tennis were expertly arranged by Ros
Cramp B.E.M, Richard Ball and Gary Cox.
Details of the new Disability Athletics Section will be
announced shortly and anybody requiring further information should contact
Howard Darbon, the initiator of the Wheelchair Legacy Relay at firstname.lastname@example.org. He says, “I am always amazed at the abilities
of disabled people and we want to offer opportunities, particularly for young
people to enhance and develop their lives and interests through participation
On behalf of the Rotary Clubs that did such a wonderful job
in making the event run so smoothly, Mary Whitehead added, “We are very
grateful to all the participants, helpers and spectators who made the event so
successful and enjoyable.”
John Hammond & Mary Whitehead
for the Consortium of Organising Rotary Clubs