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 competitors and their achievements were:
· Sarah Gaisford. Paraplegic from Ashburton in Devon: Won the women’s archery and 3rd in women’s table tennis. Took part in powerlifting, shooting, athletics and swimming.
· Lee Wilson. Tetraplegic from Pulborough in West Sussex: Won men’s table tennis. Took part in swimming.
· Philip Randerson. Paraplegic from Swindon in Wiltshire: Won shooting. Took part in Badminton, archery, cue sports, bowls.
· Sam Thorpe. Tetraplegic from Christchurch in Dorset: Runner up in table tennis. Took part in bowls, athletics, handcycling and rugby.
· Martin Witt. Tetraplegic from Castle Combe in Wiltshire: Runner up in Bowls. Took part in fencing Badminton and shooting
· Mark Owens. Paraplegic from Weymouth in Dorset: Runner up in Archery. Took part in shooting, cue sports and badminton.
Jo Howard, physiotherapist and Salisbury team manager, said: “ The Inter Spinal Unit Games give patients an opportunity to take part in competitive sports and more importantly socialise with others with similar abilities.”
“This can not only boost their confidence, but also expand the opportunities that are available to them, especially where members have been spotted by national selectors.”
Mrs Howard added: “ The team did incredibly well, some of the patients were approached to take their sports further. They all participated with great enthusiasm and commitment and won by a huge margin. It was a fantastic achievement for all those who competed.”
“I would like to say a special thank you to my fellow staff teammates Karyn Gibb, Angela Palmer, and Keri Hughes who worked so hard to make sure all the patients were organised in time for their events. We would also like to thank Gerald Simmonds for providing our team T-shirts 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, Middlesborough: 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; National Rehabilitation Hospital, Dun Laoghaire, Republic of Ireland; Queen Elizabeth Spinal Injuries Unit, Glasgow, Scotland; Rookwood Hospital Spinal Unit, Cardiff, Wales.
· We can try to arrange an interview for you with the individual team members.
For further information please contact:
Patrick Butler, Public Relations Manager, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. Tel: 01722 425170