Power2Inspire and RAF Wyton Adapted Sports Club at Wisbech GS

Sgt. Pete Lauder and Paul ‘Midge’ Hartley joined John Willis to educate the students at Wisbech Grammar School on Friday 20 September on the joys of inclusive and adapted sports.  Sharing their stories of overcoming their physical limitations to participate in numerous sports, they then demonstrated this in action.

Pete, a serving RAF officer and GB representative at the Warrior Games in the US, explained how an invisible condition that suddenly prevents participation in all the sports previously loved, can leave one adrift.  His response, to take up competitive swimming and sitting volleyball, opened so many opportunities and led him to leading his country out at Chicago’s Soldier Field.

Midge has a slow, degenerative disease, but this doesn’t stop him.  He competes in Wheelchair Rugby and Wheelchair Rugby League, recently representing Scotland in a Home Nations tournament.

And John recounted his Road2Rio story, of participating in all 34 Olympic and Paralympic disciplines in the run up to the Rio games.

These talks were followed by a round of activities for the Year 12s – a session trying out wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball and the paralympic sport of goalball.  The students loved it and learnt that disability is no bar to participating in sport.

Power2Inspire is keen to develop this relationship with Wisbech GS and thanks all the teachers who made it happen.