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Thank you for helping us to run the Para-Badminton Day 2017

Badminton Team

Para-Badminton Day 2017

Every year, the Opportunity Fund shares out some special donations to help Warwick students enjoy and take part in extra-curricular activities. It means that every student has a chance to develop new skills, make new friendships, and enjoy the non-academic side of campus life.

Last year thanks to donations like yours, Warwick Badminton won an award of £180 to run Para-Badminton Day, 5th February 2017. Adrian Antony, team member, and Publicity and Sponsorship Officer, reports back on how it all went:

Jim Cunningham meets Gobi“For some time we’ve wanted to promote and encourage people to take part in para-sports. The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games introduced badminton as a parasport, so we seized our chance to get started too, and ran a taster session, a showcase, a workshop and a tournament.

The taster session was a badminton club session, with all participants playing games using a wheelchair or a form of handicap. These were intended to be social games where everyone (whether disabled or not) could participate on a level-playing field. We wanted to give people a chance to understand what it is like to participate in parasports; as well as appreciate and empathise with the gravity and difficulty of the affair.

We were visited by BBC Coventry and Warwickshire, who recorded a live segment as part of their show Gold and Treasure, and our local MP, Jim Cunningham (both pictured right).

gobi_and_bbc_small.jpgThe showcase featured demonstrations by professional national parabadminton players from Team GB, including Gobi Ranganathan, Sharon Jones-Barnes and David Follett.

The wheelchair tournament rounded off the day, providing a competitive level-playing field for able and disabled bodies alike. The tournament was mixed discipline doubles (no gender differences – due to wheelchairs).

We’re incredibly grateful for the generosity of Warwick Benefactors. Thanks to you, we were able to promote para-badminton and prove that disability is not inability. Your support has kickstarted a project at Warwick Badminton that will continue for years to come.

Thank you for supporting us!”

Thank you for helping Warwick students to do more through the Opportunity Fund