The six strong team was pitted against 11 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 event promotes the development of skills for people with spinal cord injuries and patients are able to take part in sport which opens their eyes to new opportunities and pushes the boundaries beyond what they think they can achieve. The competitors and their achievements were:
• Peter Hamilton: Won the award for best male tetraplegic in shooting and took part in the swimming and table tennis competitions.
• Sonia Sherwood: Won the women’s individual swimming achievement award, as well as the silver medal in Archery.
• Adrian Holloway: Made the finals of the male paraplegic bowls competition, bringing the silver medal home for the team. He also took part in the swimming and shooting competitions.
• Ray Barker: Reached the semi – finals of the tetraplegic bowls competition, winning the bronze medal. Ray also won his swimming heats and competed in the table tennis competition.
• Mark Parker: Competed in the paraplegic swimming, shooting and tennis events.
• Matthew Oram: Competed in the paraplegic Archery and table tennis contests.
Kimberley Small, Team Manager and physiotherapist who supported patients at the Games, said: “ Everyone participated with so much enthusiasm and support for each other, not just in the competitions, but during the have-a-go sessions. Other sports such as such as hand cycling, fencing, tennis and weight lifting could all be tried at the Games.”
“There was excellent communication and team spirit between all the participating units, allowing each team to learn from one another and develop their experience, knowledge and skills.”
“As well as sporting activities, charities such as Back Up and Wheelpower have a huge role in life after spinal cord injury varying from advice and mentoring to activity weeks and city breaks.”
Miss Small added: “ I would like to give a big thanks to all the staff involved, Martin Whitfield, Vicky Philips, Becky Launchbury and Jamie Yates and an even bigger thanks to the patients for their enthusiasm, achievements and for making it such an incredible week.” ends
Notes to editors:
The Duke of Cornwall Spinal Treatment Centre at Salisbury District Hospital provides specialist care for patients paralysed by spinal cord injury, 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; 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:
Public Relations Manager
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust
Tel: 01722 425170