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  • Or trophies were awarded for volunteer work fundraising efforts or professional support Highlights from 2013 include members learning to swim making national squads competing in national competitions and more Individuals collected trophies for things like Most Outstanding Visually Impaired Shooter Jim Denton Helping Other Members Jackie Callingham or Swimming Pool Personality Ka Yan Cheung and for the first time a husband and wife team picked up the Gibbs Trophy for their efforts in Kurling Another joint prize went to the Grove family from Slough who were presented with the Walker Family Trophy for collectively showing the most support and involvement during the past twelve months and longterm supports The Shanly Foundation were presented with this year s Meaden Profile System awarded to The Professional who most Helps the Club Surprises on the night were many including Mick Davis two trophies won in archery Mick joined SportsAble two years ago to support his 12 year old granddaughter Laina develop her boccia skills and found a love of archery for himself Taking home the most prestigious trophy the night The Wilkinson Sword was Lucie Bouron an 18 year old table tennis player who has recently debuted in the GB para team and a posthumous award was given to the family of Chris Greening a much loved member who died unexpectedly earlier this month Sports mad Chris was a keen participant in most sports and activities at SportsAble enjoying pool boccia and kurling especially Chris was a familiar face to all at the centre helping out where he could at fundraising and social events Chris was the perfect type of member says Chairman Vivienne Davies Friendly supportive keen helpful and so lovely to have around We will all miss him terribly Join Us Join Only 40 a year with reduced rates for families

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  • their sporting prowess team work and for being leaders in the sport Last year the competitive kurlers travelled to national and world championships and medalled at all of them This friendly team are known for teaching those outside SportsAble how to play the sport children and adults and also for embracing new comers into the sport and giving them a fair shot at taking part in major level competitions Founding member Paralympian and fundraising chief John Jenkins was awarded Lifetime Achievement Award accepting his trophy and completing a very emotional interview with BBC Sports Correspondent Tim Dellor as the night drew to a close John was nominated by SportsAble in recognition of the enduring passion and energy that he shown the club each and every day for almost four decades As well as being a national swimming champion and table tennis Paralympian JJ as he is affectionately known is also famous for the giant feat of fundraising that he performed back in 1981 where he completed a marathon each day for five days pushing himself in his wheelchair from Bristol to London Along with two other athletes JJ forged the way ahead demonstrating grit determination and to raise enough money to build a leading multisports hub for disability sport in the south east And they did it raising enough money for the first sports centre to be built Over the years JJ has continued to drive further fundraising and awareness raising campaigns and to inspire thousands of local people to get involved in playing or supporting disability sport Of his win he says For me it was particularly pleasing as we were up there in front of fellow high profile sports men and women from all over Berkshire To be recognised by them all for what we are an amazing

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  • sports and activities but at the social fulfilment that its 600 members receive from being members of this very special club plus the volunteer opportunities it offers Over the last year the successes have been many from SportsAble putting on its first successful South East Table Tennis Grand Prix where athletes including past and current Paralympians travelled from all over the country to compete to great individual stories such as marksman Rob Lowe being selected by the GB hearing impaired shooting team to represent them at the Deaflympics in Sofia last July He was the first shooter to take part since the 1920s Rob had only been shooting with SportsAble 11 months when he got selected Team of the Year The SportsAble New Age Kurling Team Within the squad of 20 kurlers 13 actively take part in world and national competitions The squad is mixed with chair users and able bodied people competing together SportsAble s founding ethos is still being carried out today The team s successes over the 2012 2013 season have been outstanding and the squad really are leading the way in the sport They currently hold the following titles World Kurling Singles Champion World Kurling Pairs Champions British Kurling Singles Champion British Kurling Club Champions National Kurling League Champions Through winning all the above SportsAble became the first ever club to hold all 5 major New Age Kurling Titles at the same time Further to the above there is more news Eight team members are now ranked in the top 20 GB Kurling Rankings Four members have been selected to represent England in May s International Nations Cup competition with 2 other members selected as reserves Project of the Year SportsAble Outreach Programme Having won the GBA s Inspiration and Participation Disability Project Award for 2012 with their Outreach Programme SportsAble was inspired to improve on 2012 s achievements by a minimum of 25 The aims of the Outreach Programme are to raise the awareness of disabled sport by taking disabled sport out into the wider community Boccia and Kurling were the backbone of this exercise but the programme also included Air Rifle Shooting Archery New Age Bowls Sitting Volleyball Table Tennis and Polybat a 25 increase in the number of sports offered 60 sessions were held during the year representing a 40 increase with the majority being away from the SportsAble Centre As a result over 800 people in the county 38 increase including 550 school children 40 increase had the opportunity to try a disabled sport As a spin off from these activities disabled membership of SportsAble has grown by 40 What has also changed this year is that SportsAble has developed a Paralympic sports Team Building event for companies This has proved to be a huge success and raised our profile in the business community as well as providing a regular income stream Lifetime Achievement Award John Jenkins Focusing on 2013 achievements John s most notable contributions to SportsAble were 1 Leading the

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  • awarded 2 000 and Chairman Vivienne Davies and Chris Humphris Swimming Leader and IT support volunteer at SportsAble were pleased to be part of the event and receive the cheque on the charity s behalf The Windsor Lions Swimathon which took place at Windsor Leisure Centre in October 2013 is an annual event and one that SportsAble is always keen to dive in and help with Two of the 56 teams that took part were from SportsAble lead by Chris Several hundred pounds were raised for charity by SportsAble swimmers Chris and his team of swimmers recently took part in another swimming event the Maidenhead Lions Swimarathon on 4th January Burning off the Christmas excesses to maximum effect were two teams of mixed ability swimmers whose every stroke raised pennies for SportsAble and other local good causes For several of the twelve swimmers this was their first attempt at a sponsored swim and for one it was his first time swimming confidently in the water wiht two volunteers at his side for support Each and every one of the team swam 44 lengths for charity and a great day was had by all As always SportsAble thanks both the Windsor Lions and the Maidenhead Lions for their continued support and thanks are sent to the Magnet Leisure Centre for providing SportsAble with a weekly private swimming session where disabled people can swim confidently with support as a reintroduction back into the water as a way of getting some stretching and physio achieved or as a way of training for regional and national competitions Join Us Join Only 40 a year with reduced rates for families Sign up now Membership The benefits and entitlements it brings Find out more Members How we ve helped a wide range of disabled athletes Read

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  • of BC1 BC4 players which comprise the nation s next boccia stars Selection came from performance over a 12 year period at regional and national individual pair and team competitions and from graduating early from the Boccia England Talent Squad a two year programme that sees some athletes move on to the Lions Lions Squad members have access to five training camps a year some will see them train alongside the England Squad as well as expert coaches and volunteers They will also be party to England selection during a yearly transfer window and may be called upon to play for the England Squad as a substitute in competitions all over Europe in places like Poland Prague and Norway and as far afield as Canada SportsAble s Boccia sports coach Melissa Paulden is overjoyed at having three of her players join the boccia history books as part of the first ever Boccia England Lions Squad She says I am so proud of them all Daniel Penny and Tia have worked really hard to get where they are and I wish them all the luck in the world as they continue on their boccia career We are here to work with them every Tuesday night and will follow through with Lions Squad training programmes and do all we can to support the athletes development Boccia is a Paralympic sport that is played according to classification BC1 BC3 players have cerebral palsy with varying degrees of severity and BC4s can have varying disabilities that affect muscle control and strength All players are wheelchair users Join Us Join Only 40 a year with reduced rates for families Sign up now Membership The benefits and entitlements it brings Find out more Members How we ve helped a wide range of disabled athletes Read more

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  • lively with a friendly vibe running across the two days SportsAble member and GB talent pathway player Lucie Bouron commented on the buzz in the room Everyone really enjoyed themselves and it was great to see players from the national circuit at a SportsAble competition We all just love to play and this gives us all another opportunity to do so Lucie was part of a handful of entrants from SportsAble ranging from elite players like herself to novices like Johnson Mall who managed to medal at this his first ever competition Securing medals for the hosting team was no easy feat and in well fought matches SportsAble athletes came away decorated in silver and bronze Nicko Anderson silver men s wheelchair class 4 5 bronze wheelchair doubles silver in the men s wheelchair open class Richard Barton silver men s wheelchair class 1 2 Lucie Bouron bronze in the wheelchair doubles Johnson Mall bronze band C men s wheelchair open class Lochlan O Higgins silver band C men s wheelchair open class Lucie s GB pathway squad mates such as class 6 player Martin Perry delighted onlookers with their agility speed and finesse as did Paralympians Mark Palmer and David Wetherill who both took home medals Mark won gold on the first day in the men s 4 5 class and David s won gold on the first day in the men s class 6 and bronze in the second day s standing open competition Pleased with his play Mark Palmer commented on the high standard of competitors and organisation of the event I m retired now from international competition so it s good to keep up tournament play and this is a fantastic new competition It s really well organised and it s great to see past Paralympians here like John Jenkins again The Grand Prix was organised by SportsAble s Head of Sports Nick Gibbs after he identified a need for a competition in the south east He is pleased the event was so well received As organiser of SportsAble s first ever Grand Prix Table Tennis Tournament it was a pleasure to welcome so many disabled athletes from all over Great Britain to our inaugural competition What really impressed me over the two days was the exceptional standard of the Table Tennis and the fantastic camaraderie displayed by all the players The SportsAble Grand Prix is a BTTAD British Table Tennis Association for People with a Disability recognised competition where competitors earnt ranking points It was held at the Cippenham Table Tennis Centre as there isn t enough room to host a major sports competition of this kind at SportsAble s Braywick Road location This is one of the many reasons why SportsAble launched its campaign earlier this year to find 5million to build a new larger multisports complex Adds John Jenkins SportsAble s President and 1984 table tennis Paralympian I m really pleased with how the SportsAble Grand Prix went It had a great atmosphere

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  • be in the same squad alongside some amazing Paralympians When you are training with them it is surreal to think Oh yeah I m training with world no 1 at the moment Hopefully one day I will be half as good an athlete as these guys are How many matches did you have to play I had to play three singles matches and I ended up with a tough pool With two of my matches lost the women went on to win the gold and silver in the class 2 3 event So even though it is always disappointing to lose the fact that I was able to get a number of points off of Paralympians is satisfying I also played a few matches in the team event which was fun as it takes the pressure off slightly Luckily I was able to play with my good friend Megan and for the first time playing together we clicked well on the table The team matches were harder as it involved women from classes 2 5 so the majority of the women had more balance and strength than me making some of the matches really tough But it was definitely an experience as class 5 matches are a completely different style to class 2 3 matches How does playing at GB level differ from other competitions you ve competed in The way the competitions are run differ as the umpiring is stricter and the organisation is very good The competition itself differs because the standard is so much higher When competing at GB level I am having to play women who have played for years and won numerous amount of medals at the Paralympics which is surreal but also so tough Playing at GB level highlights areas in which you need to work on because the women I played are so experienced that they are able to find your weakness within seconds of playing you and then will continue to exploit that What did you take away with you in terms of learning from the experience the opportunity to travel etc I learnt a great deal in Belgium and took a lot away with me with regards to training competition lifestyle and in general Playing in Belgium highlighted even more so to me that when I was playing against these amazing women that this is where I want to be this is what I am training for It also showed me the dedication needed to becoming successful at that level The competition also showed me what I need to work on more in training that was really good and it also gave me the opportunity to play against women of similar class to me as in lower competitions I haven t had a large amount of matches against class 2 3s How does it feel now that you have represented your country It feels amazing to say that I have represented Great Britain and now it just makes me more sure

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  • Join Us Volunteering Building Project Team SportsAble Team SportsAble Participants About Us Awards Won Our Amazing People Our Incredible History Vacancies Sponsors Venue Hire Get Married Here Venue Hire Charges News Contact Us Your chance to win 500 cash Join Us Join Only 40 a year with reduced rates for families Sign up now Membership The benefits and entitlements it brings Find out more Members How we ve helped a wide range of disabled athletes Read more Donate Why Donate SportsAble are one of the UK s leading charities dedicated to supporting disabled people through sport and social activity Find out more Donate Now SportsAble can now accept donations via PayPal and SMS Find out how Building Project We are currently raising money for a new building Find out more about the project and how you can help us reach our goal Venue Hire Choose SportsAble for your next corporate event and you can be guaranteed to find a clean quiet professional local venue SportsAble is the home of disabled sport for the area and is one of the leading centres for disability sport in the country It was also one of the selected training grounds for visiting athletes for

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