Superhero Series Launches new At Home Version
Unique new disability sporting challenge keeps Super Heroes and Sidekicks
active, super-charged and connected!
- Part of the Superhero Series – the UK’s only mass-participation sports series dedicated to the nation’s 13.3m people with disabilities
- Marvel announced as the headline sponsor, to help participants find their power and inspire more children and families to get involved
- Featuring an array of Celebrity Team Captains who will joining the action remotely, including Paralympic equestrian champion Sophie Christiansen and Invictus Games’ JJ Chalmers
- Channel 4 will broadcast a 60-minute programme on the mission, presented by Clare Balding
This year the new ultra-flexible 20km challenge will replace the Series’ annual August event, Superhero Tri, at Dorney Lake. Participants (AKA Super Heroes) can complete the challenge any time between 15 June and 15 July, anywhere (living room, garden, neighbourhood) and in any way (walk, run, push, wheel, canoe, swim) they wish. They can also fly solo or unite with family and friends in their household, or remotely using a dedicated app, to share the challenge. Anything goes!
Staying true to the fun of Superhero Tri, participants are encouraged to dress up in full Super Hero costume for their home triumphs and stay connected by sharing their progress and pictures on the app. As ever, an array of Celebrity Team Captains, from eight-time Paralympic equestrian gold medallist, Sophie Christiansen to three-time Invictus Games medallist, JJ Chalmers, will be jumping into the action and, for the first time, some will be mentoring their Superhero teammates remotely.
Channel 4 will be capturing the action by focusing on four teams from around the nation for a one-hour highlights programme to be aired on 15 August.
“We’ve been planning to introduce At Home Superheroes for a while as we know it can be tricky for many participants to physically attend the events for various reasons,” explains Series founder and Paralympian Sophia Warner. “Along with our Super Partners, we felt that this was the perfect time to launch the concept. This year, due to COVID-19, it will run as a stand-alone challenge, but in future it will run alongside our annual events so we can reach and welcome more budding Super Heroes to the joys and benefits of sport.”
The perfect partner for a mission that is about inspiring participants to unlock their inner superpower, Marvel will bring the epic energy of its iconic Super Hero characters to participants’ homes and neighbourhoods through lots of downloadable games, signs and dressing up ideas, to help participants feel like a true super hero.
At Home Superheroes will also receive a race pack with all the super accessories of a regular Superhero event, including race number, medal, finisher’s T-shirt, and finish line tape, so they can still experience their own personal finish-line moments!
Participants will be invited to share clips of these moments with the Channel 4 production team for their chance to star in the celebratory closing montage of the highlights programme, presented by Clare Balding, which will air on what would have been Superhero Tri’s official event date, 15 August.
Sign up for At Home Superheroes from this Friday, 15 May, at www.superheroseries.co.uk and stay active, super-charged and connected
At Home Superheroes is supported by a range of Super Partners, including Marvel, Pfizer, My Sense, Aberdeen Standard Investments, Blatchford, Leonard Cheshire, Invictus Games Foundation, Quest 88, Foster Donovo and Lucozade Sport.
About Superhero Series
- Superhero Series is the UK’s only sports series dedicated to the nation’s 13.3 million people with disabilities of any kind (Everyday Superheroes). Super Heroes are welcome to bring family and friends along to support them on the course (Sidekicks).
- There are two annual Superhero Series events:
- Superhero Tri – unique solo or relay triathlon challenges in August
- Winter Wonderwheels – solo or team challenges where people can run, wheel, walk, push or be pushed around three lakeside distances in December
- At Home Superheroes is replacing Superhero Tri 2020 this summer to ensure the safety of participants in light of Covid-19.
- The official At Home Superheroes challenge distance is 20Km, but participants are welcome to lengthen or shorten this to suit their individual circumstances.
- The Series launched on 19 August 2017 with Superhero Tri, which had 1,700 participants and 7,000 spectators. The debut Winter Wonderwheels took place on 3rd December and has 750 participants and 2,000 spectators. By 2019 the participation numbers had more than doubled.
- Each Super Hero event features a ‘celebrity race’, where members of the public can win a chance to unite with high-profile Celebrity Team Captains from TV and sport.
- Super Heroes entering solo events must consider themselves to have any kind of disability, whether it be physical, intellectual, sensory or invisible. No classifications are needed.
- Anyone can enter team events, as long as a least one team member considers themselves to have any kind of disability.
- The two main events are both based at the world-class 2012 Paralympic rowing venue Dorney Lake in Windsor.
- The Series is founded and run by Paralympian Sophia Warner
- The Superhero Series is fully funded by Super Partners, who also subsidise participant entry fees
About Sophia Warner:
Paralympian, guest TV presenter and mother of two, Sophia Warner is the founder and creative force behind the Superhero Series – the UK’s only mass-participation sports series dedicated to the nation’s 13.3 million people with disabilities.
Sophia began her athletics career in 1996, winning two gold medals for Great Britain (100m and 200m events) at the 1998 World Championships, before competing again for Team GB in the 2012 Paralympics. A regular athletics TV pundit, she was also part of the Channel 4 broadcast team for the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio.
Since retiring from professional sport, Sophia has made it her mission to maximise opportunities in disability sport. She has already won multiple awards for the successful Superhero Tri series (launched 2015), including collecting a British Empire Medal (BEM) in May 2019 for voluntary services for disability sports.
Speaking of how the barriers she has faced as a disabled athlete in the past sparked her idea for the Superhero Series, Sophia says:
“As an elite athlete I was very fortunate to have access to a whole world of sporting opportunities. But as an everyday person with a disability, finding sports events to do for fun is a real struggle. I have cerebral palsy and was the first person with a disability to enter the London Triathlon back in 1998. Even as an elite athlete I found it hard to keep up and had to ask other participants for help with my wetsuit and to get my bike down from the high rack. I also know how disheartening it is to still be taking part in fun runs when the roads are reopening, and organisers are clearing up before you’ve had a chance to finish.
“When I retired from professional sport, I created the Superhero Series – sporting events designed especially for people with disabilities. Events where everyday Superheroes can use any type of equipment or support, they need to complete the course – from adaptive bikes and powerchairs to able-bodied Sidekicks who can take the strain where needed. It’s a fun sports series that caters for like-minded people with all kinds of disabilities, where they can feel in the majority rather than the minority.
“I know first-hand what a hugely positive impact sport can have on a person’s life. I believe everyone should have the chance to enjoy momentous and often life-changing sporting events.”
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