Sukhi Gidda, 67, joined SportsAble 10 years ago after being advised to take up swimming to alleviate pain from rheumatoid arthritis. As a non-swimmer, she had found the local leisure centre’s adult swimming classes too hard. She then discovered SportsAble’s disabled swimming classes, and says, “Since going to my first swimming lesson I haven’t looked back. The instructors really took care to teach me how to swim and it was exactly what I needed.”
As well as swimming, Sukhi is now a keen member of the wheelchair dance, air rifle, Sit up and Stretch exercise classes, table tennis, walking netball and kayaking in the summer.
She says, “My arthritis and fitness levels have both really improved since joining SportsAble, and the pain has reduced too. But one of the best things about SportsAble is that it lifts your spirits.
“I would encourage anyone to come and try the Club. Sitting at home doesn’t help – getting out, meeting people and being encouraged by how they are living their lives has taught me how to cope with my own mobility issues.”
About 40% of SportsAble members are over 60, including a fifth of the disabled members, highlighting the success of the charity reaching out to a group that is typically hard to engage in physical activity.
To encourage more people to get active, SportsAble runs free weekly sports taster sessions for people living with physical or sensory disabilities. The sessions run from 10:30am until 12:00pm. Each session is tailored to the needs of the participants and delivered by the charity’s fully-qualified sports coaches. People who want to have a go are asked to email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01628 627690 to secure a place.
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SportsAble runs two weekly Short Mat Bowls sessions. Short Mat Bowls is suitable for people with or without disabilities so it is completely inclusive. […]