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:
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."
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