Transforming lives through the power of sport
After 2 successful years of the Disability Sports Festival in Haverfordwest, Snowdrop are pleased to be sponsoring the third event which is now making up another link in the growing ‘insport series’ being developed by Disability Sports Wales.
In June 2015 Snowdrop introduced and sponsored the Disability insport festival – the first of it’s kind! Working alongside Haverfordwest Leisure Centre, Disability Sport Wales and Pembrokeshire County Council, the event was a great success opening up opportunities for people with physical impairments to get a taste of sports such as wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and boccia, and to be given access to athletics, weight lifting, shooting, cycling, swimming, bowls and much more. After each event clubs have reported new members, just a few in the first year but after last years event, ongoing effects were much more tangible with a marked increase in attendance at local clubs. More clubs have become engaged in the Insport programme which is great news for Pembrokeshire. Peter O’Shea, Owner of Snowdrop Independent Living said ‘I am so pleased with the way this event has taken off and the positive effect it is having all round. There is clearly an appetite for these events and we are proud to be sponsoring it once again this year. The Wheelchair Sports Spectacular was the original annual event held in Cardiff, and it is very exciting that Disability Sport Wales are now developing the Insport Series across Wales as a result of the positive effect this local event has had.
After trying wheelchair rugby at the first event, Libi Phillips, at the age of 8 was hooked and began travelling regularly to Cardiff to train with Ospreys wheelchair rugby team. It has had a massive impact and transformed her life. Libi has been a great ambassador and at the age of 10 was recently awarded ‘WCR Youth Player of the Year’. Libi has formed a charity ‘Heels 4 Wheels’ to raise money for a sports chair for other girls to be able to participate in wheelchair sports. And it looks like Wheelchair rugby opportunities will soon be available in Haverfordwest, with the award of a development grant from Scarlets Rugby.