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 Get Active

We are often being told to be more active. But this can be a challenging for Spinal Cord Injured people. WheelPower, the national charity for wheelchair sport, has recognised this and has provided certain Spinal Injuries Units with Physical Activity Advisors who can provide expert advice and support to patients with a recent spinal injury in the crucial early stages of rehabilitation. They can also provide advice and support to recently discharged patients who are struggling to stay active in their local communities.

Our advisor at Pinderfields is Kevin Plowman, a wheelchair tennis Paralympian and keen table tennis player, who will use his sporting experience and knowledge to support patients.

Kevin said. “I believe sport and being active is a great vehicle to regain confidence and wellbeing and to feel good about yourself. It does not have to be elite sport, any physical activity is beneficial. I am looking forward to showing people what is possible and the many opportunities that can help with leading an active lifestyle”

“I will be at Pinderfields most Wednesday’s so if you see me wheeling about and would like to chat about getting active or have questions on any aspect of your rehabilitation, please shout out. In the next few weeks I hope to introduce myself and offer assistance to all in-patients so I am looking forward to meeting you all”.

Kevin can also be contacted by email on

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Below are listed some major disability sport events that are coming up in the next year. However if you are wanting to get involved locally or have a go at a new sport or activity, Kevin can point you in the right direction.


1-8: Para Snowboard World Championships, Big White, Canada

15-20: IWAS Wheelchair Fencing World Cup, Eger, Hungary

19-28: Shooting World Cup, Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

28-4 March: Fazza Powerlifting World Cup, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

MARCH 2017

2-5 UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships, Los Angeles

4-11: Wheelchair Curling World Championships, Gangneung, Korea

8-13: IPC Snowboard World Cup finals, PyeongChang, Korea

9-18: IPC Alpine Skiing World cup finals, PyeongChang, Korea

14-25: Special Olympics World Winter Games, Austria

20-23: World Para Athletics Grand Prix, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

APRIL 2017

10-14: South Africa wheelchair tennis open, Johannesburg, South Africa

13-15: World Para Athletics Grand Prix, Tunis, Tunisia

17: Boston Marathon

20-22: World Para Athletics Grand Prix, Sao Paulo

23: London Marathon

24-29: Shooting World Cup, Szczecin, Poland

24-30: Powerlifting World Cup, Montreal, Canada

27-30: British Para-swimming International Meet, Ponds Forge, Sheffield

MAY 2017

1-7: Wheelchair Tennis Team World Cup, Italy

5-7: World Para Athletics Grand Prix, Rieti, Italy

4-7: Powerlifting World Cup, Eger, Hungary

10-14: IWAS wheelchair fencing World Cup, Stadskanaal, Netherlands

12-13: World Para Athletics Grand Prix, Arizona, USA

13-14: Para-rowing International regatta, Gavirate, Italy

13-15: World Para Athletics Grand Prix, Beijing China

13-20: World Table Tennis Team Championships, Bratislava, Slovakia

25-4 June: Shooting World Cup, Cheongju, South Korea

30-31 May: World Para Athletics Grand Prix, Paris, France

JUNE 2017

2-5: World Para Athletics Grand Prix, Nottwil, Switzerland

17-18: World Para Athletics Grand Prix, Berlin, Germany

17-24: European Boccia Championships, Povoa, Portugal

19-1 July: European Wheelchair Basketball Championships, Tenerife, Spain

20-25: Irish Para Badminton international, Dublin

24-2 July: IWRF European Wheelchair Rugby Championships, Koblenz, Germany

28-3 July: IWAS Wheelchair Fencing World Cup, Warsaw, Poland

JULY 2017

14-23: World ParaAthletics Championships, Olympic Stadium, London

18-30: Summer Deaflympics, Samsun, Turkey


3-6: World Junior ParaAthletics Championships, Nottwil, Switzerland

8-11: Special Olympics GB National Games, Sheffield

31-3 September: UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa


6-10: IWAS Wheelchair Fencing World Cup, Atlanta, USA

12-17: World Para-Archery Championships, Beijing, China

22-27: FEI European Equestrian Championships, Gotheburg, Sweden

24: Berlin Marathon

24-1 October: World Para Rowing Championships, Sarasota-Bradenton, USA

26-5 October: European Table Tennis Championships, Lasko, Slovenia

30-7 October: IPC Swimming World Championships, Mexico City

30-7 October: IPC Powerlifting World Championships, Mexico City


8: Chicago Marathon

17-19: IWAS Wheelchair Fencing World Cup, Pisa, Italy

21-26: World Para Badminton Championships, Ulsan, South Korea