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Jon Wyse said:
Great feature. Well done Will (and Blake) !
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Wendy Russell said:
Great, fantastic and insightful! Need more roles in sport like this! No barriers to what ever you want to do!
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Ian Mahoney said:
I am a level 2 athletic coach and have been a wheelchair user for nearly 3 years (Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy).

Many coaches like myself are former athletes and understand the trials and tribulations athletes are facing.

all bar one of my athletes have never seen me run and may think I don't know anything because I am in a wheelchair.

I found that talking to the athletes about their training and telling that I was an athlete (before they were born) and telling why I was in a wheelchair, the athletes warmed to me.

I have done many coaching workshops including some Sports coach UK courses. Once athletes know that you learnt how/what to coach, being in a wheelchair doesn't necessary make you unable to coach.

I enjoyed when time when I was able to run and I have a vested interest in subsequent generations to fell the enjoyment and sense of achievement that I got.

Never under estimate a power of a disabled person whether athlete or coach.
The uncanny truth is because 'disabled' people have extra barriers to overcome, they are more likely to have more knowledge than people think, they work at it and eventually 'fit in'.

When the athlete(s) achieve their goals .... that's priceless!

Whatever level or sport you coach. working first at grass roots before (if you want to) go to higher levels, you are the driving force that keeps sport in the domain.
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Sion Kitson said:
Fantastic blog. One of the best I have read. In Bucks & MK, Leap the CSP are working with WheelPower and LimbPower to develop a Disability Coach Mentoring Programme to provide customised support to new and existing coaches with a physical impairment launching in September. I hope the results can create more stories and opportunities like this one for coaches with a disability. I will certainly be using this blog and video as a really useful resource. Thanks for sharing!
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