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Ryan D

Ryan D

Name: Ryan Dack
Age: 23
Year of the Fix: 2016
Location: Middlesbrough
Campaign: To encourage more disabled people to take part in sport

I was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy when I was five-years-old.

 

It leads to gradual muscle weakness and has meant I’ve been in a wheelchair fulltime since aged 19.

 

Now I can’t do even the simplest of tasks without help – like lifting a drink to my mouth.

 

At school I always got picked last for teams, and sat on the side lines on sports day. I never thought I’d ever be able to take part in sport.

 

Everything changed when I discovered powerchair football. It uses a special powered wheelchair that means even those with the most profound disabilities are able to take part. It’s a fast-paced game and it’s an amazing feeling to be part of a team and score winning goals.

 

I think many disabled people write themselves off from sport, and I want to let them know of the opportunities like powerchair football, and encourage them to give them a go.

I would like to thank Owen Smith for helping me with this Fix.

I would like to thank former Paralympian Lee Fawcett for supporting my campaign. He appeared in the ITV News film.

 

Middlesbrough Powerchair Football Club

Carloyn Bean, Cath McNicol and Michelle Bilton supported the campaign by helping to facilitate the project.

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