There are a number of disability sporting activities in Wales to get involved with. From Bowling to Gymnastics there’s something for every need and interest. At Snowdrop Independent Living we are passionate about helping our clients to get involved with sport. Last year we teamed up with Pembrokeshire County Council to organise and bring the Disability Sport Festival to Haverfordwest. British Paralympic Gold Medal cyclist Mark Colbourne MBE came to speak with us about the festival and his plans for the future, the full interview can be found below.
SIL: Why are you supporting the Disability Sport Festival this year?
MC: “I think it’s a great idea, the festival will give people with a disability a lifeline to sports. This will be a great experience for those who have never been involved before to embrace a variety of para-sports available to them.”
“Before I found my passion for cycling I tried lots of different para-sports such as rowing, table-tennis, wheelchair badminton, wheelchair tennis and shooting but cycling was definitely the one for me. The opportunity was there for me and this opportunity will be there for you.”
SIL: How will people benefit from going to the event?
“It will be a great opportunity to see what sports are available for anyone who has a disability of any kind and it will certainly offer an amazing chance to try the para-sports on offer and speak to experts who will be there to assist you in any way they can. You don’t get access to this kind of opportunity every week so definitely worth a visit.”
SIL: What is your message for people thinking about getting involved in disability sports?
MC: “I would say go along and try it for yourself! Participate, enjoy the comradery, enjoy the team spirit, feel included and enjoy the feeling of normality. You never know your potential and one day you could find yourself representing GB too!”
SIL: What has been the highlight of your career and how do you feel about it?
MC: “Obviously that has to be London 2012 having the largest participation event in our backyard and to be representing GB. If it was not for Disability Sports Wales giving me that opportunity to participate in sports then that door would never have opened up. A light bulb just went off in my head and if it didn’t then my London 2012 dream would never have become a reality.”
SIL: What are your plans going forward?
MC: “My plan is to be an international conference speaker and represent Wales. I would like to inspire other disabled people in Wales to realise their potential and to ensure people have the same opportunity as I had. You never know what opportunities there are out there!”