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Salisbury District Hospital Patients Win The 2011 Inter Spinal Unit Games 

Patients from across southern England have won the 2011 Inter Spinal Unit Games for Salisbury District Hospital at the Stoke Mandeville Stadium in Aylesbury.

The eight strong team was pitted against 13 other teams from spinal units across Great Britain and Ireland. Team members have damage to the spinal cord and are either paralysed from the neck (tetraplegic) or the waist (paraplegic) down, depending on how high up the damage has occurred. The competitors and their achievements were:

  • George Dowell (Tetraplegic) came second in the tetraplegic males table tennis and took part in the swimming, bowls and shooting competitions.
  • Ben Clark (Tetraplegic) won all of his swimming events. He also came second in the tetraplegic archery competition and reached the quarter finals of the table tennis.
  • Brad Hedges (Tetraplegic) competed in shooting, bowls and swimming.
  • Jason Green (Tetraplegic) competed in the bowls, shooting and swimming.
  • Katherine Hoare-Exley (Paraplegic) came third in the paraplegic ladies table tennis and competed in both the swimming and shooting events.
  • Leslie Dobbie (Paraplegic) won the ladies archery and was second in the ladies table tennis. She also competed in swimming, wining a number of her races.
  • Chris Darney (Paraplegic) won the male archery competition. He also competed in swimming shooting competition and reached the quarter finals of the bowls.
  • Jamie Yates (Paraplegic) came second in the paraplegic males table tennis and competed in the bowls competitions

Amy Byatt, Salisbury District Hospital Physiotherapist who supported patients at the games, said: "The Inter Spinal Unit Games gives patients an opportunity to try new sports, socialise with others of similar abilities and take part in competitive sports."

    "The team did incredibly well and to win overall was fantastic. Everyone participated with so much enthusiasm and cheered their team and other teams on. It was great to see them support each other and they all took part in the have-a-go sessions. This is where individuals can try out different sports such as hand cycling, badminton, tennis and wheelchair rugby."

    Ms Byatt added: "I would like to thank the team for their great enthusiasm and other members of staff for their support and organisation. They were Michaela McCann, Angela Pritchard, Jenny Harker and Martin Whitfield. We would also like to thank Gerald Simmonds for providing our team T-shirts and Invacare for our team hoodies, both of which were proudly worn."


    Notes to editors:

    • The Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre at Salisbury District Hospital provides specialist care for patients across much of southern England from Cornwall in the west to Sussex in the east.

    • Teams competing were: The Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre, Salisbury District Hospital; Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire; North of England Spinal Cord Injury Centre, Middlesbrough: Midlands Centre for Spinal Injuries, Oswestry; The Princess Royal Spinal Injuries Unit, Sheffield; Spinal Injuries Unit, Southport; Pinderfields General Hospital Spinal Unit, Wakefield; Musgrove Park Hospital, Belfast, N.Ireland; Queen Elizabeth Spinal Injuries Unit, Glasgow, Scotland; Rookwood Hospital Spinal Unit, Cardiff, Wales; Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre, Headley Court, Nr Epsom .


    For further information please contact:

    Patrick Butler,

    Public Relations Manager,

    Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust.

    Tel: 01722 425170

    Page Last Updated: 08/05/2014 10:07 
    Printed from Salisbury NHS Foundation Website