Mike Spence Awarded MBE

Congratulations to Mike Spence who has been awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours. Mike has been recognised for his services to education as a school governor and Teaching Assistant at Manorbrook School in Thornbury, Bristol but is also recognised for his wider work in the community and for his services to disability sport. Mike was a school governor for over 14 years and in 2006 became a Teaching Assistant supporting hundreds of children on their learning journey over the years. As a former paralympian, Mike has been an inspirational role model for children, introducing them to the sport and to Paralympic events. Mike captained the Great Britain team at the European and World Champions...
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Message from Kevin Aitchison, Chair GBWR

I have always felt very privileged and honoured to be chair of the Board of GBWR. However, unfortunately the last few days can only be described as heartbreaking; my feelings of sadness and emotion are only tempered by my anger at the decision by UK Sport to no longer fund the elite end of wheelchair rugby here in Britain. This is a decision that not only has the potential to damage the hopes and dreams of our hard working athletes but, inevitably, it will also have an impact on the wider wheelchair rugby community in this country. As acknowledged by UK Sport, the last four ...
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UK Sport Funding: CEO Statement

This morning Lorraine and I took a call from Liz Nicholl the Chief Executive of UK Sport who informed us that we had been unsuccessful in our bid for further World Class Performance funding. Liz explained that UK Sport acknowledges the future potential of our squad and the progress we have made, but she explained there is just not enough money to fund all sports who have submitted investment proposals and that regrettably we fall outside the criteria of those who have been successful in securing Tokyo funding. I am sure you will be as stunned as Lorraine and I are about this news. It clearly has a huge impact on the future of our national team and it will also impact on the wider NGB. The...
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LimbPower: Children’s activity and sports prostheses

The Department of Health is making available a total of £750,000 to fund prostheses in England for children who have suffered limb loss or were born with a limb deficiency, to enable them to engage in physical activity and sports. This funding is available until March 2018, and it is hoped that should the scheme identify a demand, finding can be identified for future years. NHS Limb centres in England may request funds from the Department of Health for individual prostheses they wish to prescribe to children for any activity – this is not just about sports, but can include recreation, playing with friends etc. If you require any further information, please contact Carly Bauert, Chil...
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Exeter Hawks Win BT Wheelchair Rugby Youth Tournament

Exeter Hawks were crowned BT Youth Tournament champions after beating Saracens 15-12 in a closely fought final. Hawks were unbeaten in all of their matches across a packed day of wheelchair rugby action, beating the likes of Solent Sharks (16-5), Leicester Tigers (20-7) and Ospreys (17-7) en route to the final showdown with Saracens in a repeat of last year’s final. Hawks' star player Tilly, 14, spoke before the final, highlighting what the key factor was in Exeter...
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