Day Four of the build-up from wheelchair charity POWER PLEAS to mark their 20th annual fundraising collection at Wolves focuses on the sporting wheelchairs that have been provided thanks to the generosity of the Molineux faithful.
As well as focusing on the successful exploits of the Sporting Club Rhinos organisation, who visited Wolves’ Open Training Session at Molineux on Monday.
Please continue to help these local wheelchair users by donating at this year’s collection prior to Friday’s game with Rotherham (3pm).
In 2006 POWER PLEAS gave Smestow School student Stacey Hallet a life-changing sports wheelchair. It was the first time that the charity ventured into non-powered wheelchairs but the Stacey the proud Wolves Wheelchair recipient of 2006 used it to participate in athletics and other activities such as the Kielder challenge on three occasions. Her Mother said that it opened up lots of avenues to her and now she is studying Law at Birmingham University. She was sponsored together with Jaymi Portman by Wolverhampton Rotary Club in 2012 for a two week trip to Norway. Jaymi used his powered wheels chair and was a Wolves wheelchair recipient in 2011. They had “the trip of a lifetime” and will never forget the Handicamp at Oslo.
The charity has in partnership with the Lady Taverners funded ten sports wheelchairs for Penn Hall Outreach Club and Wolverhampton based Sporting Club Rhinos.
Wolverhampton based Sporting Club Rhinos started as a basketball club and that is still its main activity but during the last 15 years it has developed other wheelchair sports such as tennis and rugby league, and boccia, as well as other Paralympic sports. Over the last 15 years they have been developing sports sections across different Paralympic sports. They have a number of well established sports teams including wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby league and wheelchair tennis and many multi sports sessions for the community.
Among its greatest achievements so far have been:
The majority of the 2012 Paralympic Men’s Wheelchair Basketball squad, were either playing for Rhinos, or had previously played for Rhinos – An amazing attribute to the club!
“Sporting Club Rhinos Disability Sports Club” have earned the huge privilege of reaching the 2014 Euro League Wheelchair Basketball Finals in Madrid competing against the other Elite Teams in Europe. Sporting Club Rhinos have played several rounds in the Euro League to reach this level, successfully attending the Euro League Semi Finals held in Germany. It has been a great honour and yet at the same time a huge shock financially that the Disabled Athletes has been so successful and getting through to the Final round, having competed against the other Elite Teams of Europe.
Sporting Club Rhinos is the one and only team in Great Britain to have qualified to play in these prestigious Euro Finals in Madrid and it would be a national shame for Great Britain if the team did not have a chance to compete in the Finals.
The club supports all athletes, (Disabled and Able-Bodies), from grass roots to elite level. In every age group, at each and every ability.
If you would like to join, support them, volunteer for them, or require further information please contact them at www.sportingclubrhinos.com or via firstname.lastname@example.org
The club is also on Twitter: @sportingrhinos