WORLD Adaptive Boxing Council (WABC) founder and CEO Colin Wood is offering free access for adaptive athletes to take part in grassroots sport with trials to be held in Rugby this summer.
Wood volunteers at Newbold-on-Avon Rugby Club and has helped to design a wheelchair that can operate on a grass pitch – with tests set to take place over the summer to perfect the product.
And Wood is now searching across Great Britain and Ireland to build a professional disabled sports team with all adaptive athletes with great skills and a competitive attitude welcome.
Wood hopes to be able to build two teams of eight people (a visually impaired team and a wheelchair access team) initially in the sport of rugby but with a view to expand to all sports.
And if successful, Wood hopes the teams can play against Australia and 2023 with athletes who fit the criteria also to be part of Team Sports GB Adaptive professional squad.
The Paralympics is the third largest sporting event in the world, however, a professional disabled sports team is still not on the same level playing field as able bodied professional athletes today.
WABC is giving the choice to adaptive athletes to access free grassroots sport and the donation of sports wheelchairs helps support grassroots adaptive athletes to achieve their sporting goals.
Any donation helps an adaptive athlete play any sport, not just adaptive boxing, and WABC offer a hassle-free way of recycling and getting rid of unwanted sports chairs.
Whether it is your own sports wheelchair or old club wheelchairs, you do not even need to leave the house or club as WABC will collect them for you.
If you are in need of a charity sports wheelchair collection from the club or gym, WABC Collect My Sports Wheelchair is on hand (all wheelchairs are evaluated before usage).