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Posted On: 14th May 2014

Giving Disabled Sport a Shot

Fixer Amy Hutchinson
Fixers playing wheelchair basketball in film
Fixer Amy Hutchinson

Not letting a disability hold her back, an avid athlete from Middlewich and her team of Fixers are proving that anyone can enjoy para-sports.

 

Seventeen-year-old Amy Hutchinson, who is paralysed from the waist down, says disabled sport gave her a purpose in life and now wants others to try it.

 

‘A lot of credit has to go to my PE teacher, who always saw me as an equal to the other kids in school,’ explains Amy.

 

‘Even when people told me I couldn’t do something, she encouraged me to never hold back in life and think that anything was possible.

 

‘I now play boccia and wheelchair basketball, and it makes me feel like I’m part of something.

 

‘My campaign is to show that disabled sport isn’t just for disabled people. Anyone can do it and it’s a great way to build confidence.’

 

With the help of Fixers, Amy and her team have made a film showing the benefits of para-sports.

 

Watch their film 'Are You Game?' at the top of this page.

 

‘It’s fantastic. I really love how it’s turned out,’ explains Amy.

 

‘The aim of the video is two-fold. Firstly we wanted to show disabled sport in a positive, cool light but also that it’s universal and anyone can have a go.’

 

Amy hopes to take the film into local secondary schools to spread her message among pupils.

 

She says: ‘I think it’s important for young people to see that disabled sport can be fun.

 

‘Some able-bodied people might feel uncomfortable with the idea of taking part in para-sports, so part of the problem is getting past this stigma too.

 

‘Maybe disabled sport will be just as popular as able-bodied activities one day, but until then we must carry on our campaign.’

 

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