Para Tri triumph

Children with brain injuries were among 300 people crossing the finish line at the Para Tri – the UK's first-ever mass-participation triathlon for people with disabilities – (9 August) at Dorney Lake, Windsor. Thanks to adapted cycles provided by Wheels for Wellbeing (based in South London), a team from The Children's Trust were able to compete in the Para Tri Relay, giving young people who have a brain injury as a result of an accident or illness the chance to participate in a mass-participation sports event. A team of 18 people took part on behalf of The Children's Trust, including children currently having rehabilitation at the centre based in Tadworth Surrey; young people who previously had rehab at The Children's Trust, staff and volunteers from Barclay's. The teams included: Harrison, 15 (pictured) who is currently receiving rehabilitation after a stroke earlier this year. Harrison has speech and language difficulties and is unable to move his right side. Despite this, he successfully completed a 3k cycle on a side-by-side cycle alongside Health Play Specialist Assistant Dean Walter. Jade, 29 was hit by a car the day she celebrated her 15th birthday. Her parents were told that she may not make it and that if she did she would never walk or talk again. But 14 years on and Jade competed in the Para Tri, swimming and running with her team mate from Alium Medical where she works. Chris Park at Wheels for Wellbeing said: "It really was a fantastic day! The event seemed to run brilliantly and it was a pleasure to help the teams from The Children Trust. We were very impressed with Harrison's determination, and the dedication of all the participants. It's fantastic to be part of a sports event that is accessible to everyone, and where the energy and enthusiasm is awe-inspiring." Paralympic athlete and ambassador for The Children's Trust, Sophia Warner is the Para Tri founder. She explains: "I've been involved in sport for so many years and I love it. But I noticed that there is nowhere for people with disabilities to do it for fun. Anyone else can go along and do Tough Mudder one weekend and a 10k fun run the next. We want to remove barriers, such as equipment and timing restrictions, to give everyone the chance to come together and enjoy sport." Para Tri at Dorney Lake is the first event in the Tribal Series - mass-participation events for people with disabilities. There are four events planned for 2016. Para Tri's official charity partners are The Children's Trust, the UK's leading charity for brain injury, and Help for Heroes, set up to support servicemen and women who have suffered life-changing injuries in the line of duty. For more information on the Tribal series visit

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