#WeAreUndefeatable Dancer, Rebecca Fowler wows audience at annual Inclusive Sports Fest
Posted: Fri, 27 Sep 2019 14:33
On Wednesday 25th September, Sport Birmingham kicked off #NationalFitnessDay in style by hosting the second annual Birmingham Inclusive Sports Festival (BISF). The free multisport event provides a range of fun and inclusive activities to encourage people from all walks of life, both with and without disabilities, to try accessible and fun sports activities together.
Attended by over 250 people, including school and community groups, the event was opened with speeches from local resident April Barrett MBE, Chair of the Birmingham Disability Sports Forum, young ambassador, Joel Hales Waller and "Blind Dave" Heeley.
Talented wheelchair dancer, Rebecca Fowler from Birmingham, performed a routine for audiences to highlight why she has been selected as one of the faces of the national #weareundefeatable campaign from Sport England; providing inspiration to those who are living with a long term health conditions and to support them to build physical activity into their lives.
Activities on the day included Powerchair Football, Boxcercise, Boccia, Disc-golf, Wheelchair Tennis, Adaptive Cycling, Para-Athletics and Hockey. Also included in the festival was a marketplace that hosed a variety of local and regional organisations that offer services for people with disabilities, such as activity clubs, inclusive events, healthy eating, lifestyle advice and mental health resources.
Natalie Loon, Corporate Parenting Manager at Birmingham Children's Trust – headline sponsors of the festival, said: "It was delightful to see able-bodied young people supporting and encouraging children and young people with disabilities to try out a new sport for the first time and also find out how they can then get involved with that activity on an ongoing basis, such as joining a team or a club. We were also very happy that we had lots of interest in adopting and fostering with us from families who attended BISF 2019."
Mike Chamberlain, Chief Executive of Sport Birmingham, added "With the Commonwealth Games coming to Birmingham in 2022 this is the perfect time to profile, showcase and celebrate the range of diverse opportunities for people with any impairment and from all walks of life to be active in the city. There is still much to be done to combat isolation and poor access to social activities for a number of communities, and this is what the festival is designed to address.'
Pasan Kularatne,Head of Sport and Physical Activity at WheelPower – headline sponsors of the festival 'It was a great event for Wheelpower to be a part of, and exciting to witness people of all ages and abilities taking part in different sports and physical activities together. I am sure that every one of them would have picked up at least one sport or physical activity they enjoyed to help them in leading a healthy life.'
Sport Birmingham would like to thank April Barrett MBE for all of her work and contributions to the work of the Birmingham Disability Sports Forum since she joined as Chair in 2015. April is now stepping down from her voluntary role and BISF is looking for someone to carry on the legacy in the lead-up to and beyond the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games! If you are interested please contact Amy at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you want to get involved with next years BISF: Please register here
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- About Sport Birmingham: a leading local charity driving the growth and development of community sport and physical activity. We are a strategic organisation that works across a wide range of public, charitable and private sector organisations to help address the city's health and social inequalities; providing insight, knowledge and expertise to anyone working towards our vision of a more active city and a healthier place to live, learn, work and play.
- About Disability Sports Forum: The Birmingham Disability Sports Forum group consists of a range of strategic and operational partners, including National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs); disability user-led organisations, specialist charities, sports clubs and community organisations who share best practice in order to improve the opportunities for disabled people in physical activity and sport
- Sport Birmingham needs YOU! We are fundraising for next years' Birmingham Inclusive Sports Fest by organising a Charity Abseil on the 20th October. The event is totally free and all is required is to raise the minimum donation of £200. We advise you to register online or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The abseil is open to all, and we already have confirmed Chris Skelly, a Judo para-athlete whom has visionary and hearing impairment. All proceeds will go directly towards hosting #BISF20 and Birmingham & Solihull Women's Aid. To get involved click here.