Inclusive physical activities and events have been taking place up and down the country at a host of different leisure and fitness facilities in support of Inclusive Fitness Week 2009.
The Aspire Channel Swim is the country’s biggest annual sponsored swimming event. In 2008 nearly 7000 people took part in the challenge and raised a whopping £482,285, smashing last year’s efforts. This year Aspire has big ambitions for the swim and hopes to beat their fundraising target and raise over £500,000.
Eighteen more swimmers qualified for the IPC European Championships on the second day of the British International Disability Swimming Championships. These included record breakers Stephanie Millward and Anthony Stephens.
As the outdoors season snaps into action countless competition took place across the country on the weekend of the 9-10 May, including the debut event from the unique Aviva Parallel Success initiative.
Throughout 2009 and early 2010, the Inclusive Fitness Initiative (IFI) will be delivering a programme of seminars and educational events, providing additional support to the fitness and leisure sector in ensuring that not only can facilities be made accessible to disabled people, but that the principles of inclusion impacts upon all business practices.
RYA Sailability, the charity of the Royal Yachting Association which provides disabled people with access to sailing activities was today (07 March) joined by inspirational yachtsman Geoff Holt and Paralympian Helena Lucas to launch its brand new online information resource ‘Sailability TV’.