REACH is excited to announce that Amy Marren, Paralympics Ireland swimmer, who won her first GOLD at the age of 14, now aged 21, 2X Paralympian, Paralympic Bronze medallist, 4X World, 2X European Champion and 14X International medallist, has stepped into Lauren’s shoes to ensure that REACH children have a wonderful inspirational mentor who will show them that children with upper limb differences can achieve their dreams.
Also speaking and hosting a triathlon workshop will be Claire Cashmore, Claire is a multi-medal winning Paralympian having competed in four Paralympic Games as a swimmer, Claire has now moved to compete in triathlon and won the 2019 World Title and is aiming for the Tokyo 2020 Games. Dave also started out as a Paralympic swimmer, competing in Athens in 2004 before moving to compete in Paratriathlon at the 2016 Games.
Claire Cashmore, “I 100% believe sport changed my life and gave me the confidence to be happy within my own skin and I really hope that by showing REACH members some of the opportunities that are out there through sport it can hopefully have the same effect. “
The workshop (Saturday 19th October), is organised by the British Triathlon, the National Governing Body for Paralympic and Olympic Triathlon and is responsible for raising the profile and delivering medal-winning performances and helping everyone discover, enjoy and achieve in triathlon. British Triathlon lead the world with medal winning performances in paratriathlon but is also passionate about getting people involved so that they can experience the joy and accomplishment of training for and competing in triathlon.
British Triathlon will be joined by the British Triathlon Trust who use the sport of triathlon to inspire children to lead active and healthy lifestyles.
They work across the UK to bring a fun and inclusive experience of multi-sport to children and families who might otherwise not have the opportunity. They use a combination of swimming, biking, running, rowing, scooting and jumping to get kids active, both indoors and outdoors.
Attendees at the event will be able to come and get involved in their bike and speed bounce challenge or just to chat to them about triathlon, how to get involved, how to adapt a bike for your needs and have a look at some of the prosthetic solutions which their athletes have used to get started in the sport or to excel at the highest level. They would love to talk to you no matter what your sporting ambitions to help you get more active.
The REACH annual family weekend includes speakers and exhibitors from Limb prosthetic’s companies, (Open Bionics – event main sponsors, Mitt Wear and many others) specialist nurses and hand surgeons (Ruth Lester and Orla Duncan) and REACH members Hero (https://www.mirror.co.uk/tech/three-year-old-british-girl-19027376), , Cameron Millar (https://openbionics.com/cameron/), Dorothy Cowie – UCL Plasticity Lab and Durham University, who shows it is about ability and not disability. Plus LimbPower, Opcare, Driving & Mobility Centre, Steeper, PIP-UK POLAND SYNDROME CHARITY, NHS Centre for Enablement Ottobock, Matthew Phillips (GB Paraclimber), Enable UK, ExpHand Prosthetics, OHMI, Amy Roskilly & Hero, Baylee Abbott – REACH Member, Mags Millar and son Cameron, and Samantha Bradnock – Trainee Midwife,
At the family weekend REACH children are offered the opportunity to go on activities including football training, bouldering, outdoor activities, graffiti art and loads more. There is a childcare provider for young REACH children offer workshops. Topping it all off is a magnificent Gala Dinner with dancing, fun entertainment and workshops for a wide range of ages of children and young adults.