Our Reporting Operations Exec Anne tells us how she’s using skating to be more inclusive
‘Our skaters now have been given the opportunity to compete in Inclusive Skating competitions’
My first involvement with the Inclusion was in 2014. I got involved in creating and setting up the first skating club in the UK to take on the challenge of introducing Ice Skating to people who have a visual or physical impairment. As you probably know, Ice Skating is not the easiest of sports to master, so to take on such a huge task was daunting! My fellow “challengers” and I decided to go for it and the results have been both rewarding for the team and the skaters.
We made the whole community aware of what we were hoping to do and achieve as a Club and we received great support. The opportunity was open to everyone. They were invited to come along and use all the different aids that we used in making the kids happy and satisfied. They could use all different types of aids such as harnesses, frames etc.
Our skaters now have been given the opportunity to compete in Inclusive Skating competitions and we attended the Special Olympics World Winter Games. The picture attached is one of our skaters called Heather, who is proudly showing off the Gold medal she won for Team GB in 2017.
Our aim is to allow all people, regardless of their abilities, disabilities, or health care needs, to have the right do their best “with a little help from their friends”.
Our mission is to allow all our kids to be respected and appreciated as valuable members of their own and global communities.