|(Updated on Tuesday 20th September 2016 09:36am)|
Join In is a charity that was set up after the 2012 Olympics to help volunteers who wish to encourage people into sport. It does this by putting would-be volunteers in touch with local athletics/sports clubs. They encourage all kinds of sports and also include those sports suitable for disabled people.
Last year they heard about the efforts of Gloucester Remap to help local disabled athletes and in particular the work of Gloucester Remap engineer Peter Vielvoye who has designed and built a special throwing chair for the disabled athletes at the Cheltenham & County Harriers Athletics Club. As a result they interviewed Peter and placed an article on their website. To view the complete article, either click here or on the picture of the 'Throwster' to the right.
REMAP Gloucester wins National Award for helping local disabled athletes
Remap’s annual national awards include 7 different categories. We are proud to announce that the 2015 award for Sport, Hobbies and Recreation has been awarded to the throwing frame that was designed and made by Peter Vielvoye from Gloucestershire Remap for the young athletes at Cheltenham Athletics Club.
After the tremendous success of the 2012 Paralympics it was decided to rationalise the seated throwing rules for disabled athletes. This meant that existing seats no longer conformed to the new rules and there was a need for a new design that did.
In 2013, Gloucestershire Remap panel were asked by Cheltenham Athletic Club if they could help. After much consultation and research a new seat design was manufactured for their budding young paralympic athletes. Following the success of our first seat, we have now manufactured and individually tailored seats to suit the needs of 4 of their athletes and two more are 'on the production line'. The picture on the right shows Gareth Picken competing at The English Disability Age Championships in Bedford where he achieved a personal best, attributed by him to his new seat but I am sure he had a big hand in it to. The picture on the left shows Gareth in the middle with two of the other athletes proudly sat on their seats.
Read what Gareth and his father have to say about the throwing seat and Remap Gloucestershire by following this.
The REMAP Gloucester panel was formed in 1980. Peter Gearing (a very appropriate name!), who was the panel's chairman for many years until he retired in 1990, explained how the panel was setup as part of our 25th anniversary celebrations in 2005. Peter sadly died shortly after this celebration.
"The Gloucestershire Remap panel was set up at the instigation of Neil McClellon, Director of Social Services at Gloucestershire County Council. Neil had previously been director of Social Services in another county, which had a strong Remap panel. He invited engineers and Occupational Therapists to attend a meeting at Shire Hall in July 1980. 80 people attended the meeting, which elected a steering committee to form a constitution. In September 1980 the panel was formally set up.
David James was elected chairman and David Eady was elected secretary. Because we were a new panel it took some time for the various groups, OTs and Physios to get to know about us. There were three engineers on the panel, and we averaged 4 referrals a month, with an average of 7-8 running at one time....
David James served for 2 years as chairman before retiring. I was elected chairmen and served until 1990."
Peter Gearing (2005)
Today we have over 20 engineers, one Physiotherapist and three Occupational Therapists who regularly attend the panel meeting each month to discuss the case referrals. Each month we have, on average, about 10 new cases to discuss together with about 20 outstanding cases. The referrals can be anything from a simple modification to an existing piece of equipment to a complex new design involving woodwork, metalwork and electronics. With 20 engineers this enables us to call on a wide range of skills and facilities scattered over the entire county.
Note the biscuits on the table, which are donated by one of the panel each month!