Wheelchair athlete heading for Rio
Kare Adenegan, a 15-year old wheelchair athlete from Coventry, has been named in the ParalympicsGB team to compete in Rio and thanks Caudwell Children for help to get there.
Kare will race in the T34 100,200 and 400 metre events.
On hearing of her selection Kare, thanked the charity Caudwell Children, for funding her day wheelchair.
The charity, which provides practical and emotional support to disabled children and their families, supplied Kare with a state-of-the-art Ottobock Tulkan wheelchair, in 2013, which cost over £4,000.
The wheelchair helped to ease Kare’s mobility and more particularly the transfer from her day wheelchair into her racing wheelchair.
Kare said: “Charities like Caudwell Children assist disabled athletes to participate in sports and remain a rare source of funding. I truly thank the charity for their dedication to disabled sports.”
Trudi Beswick, Chief Executive of Caudwell Children, is delighted that the charity has been able to contribute to Kare’s success. As she explained: “Our Enable Sports programme has supported 319 athletes in reaching their sporting goal and we’re really pleased to have helped Kare on her way to the top.
“The equipment needed to compete in disability sport can cost up to 100 times more than its equivalent in able-bodied sport. Our support enabled Kare to overcome a significant barrier to participation. With the public’s help we can give even more children and young people, like Kare, the opportunity to develop their talent; and in doing so we can build their confidence and increase their health and wellbeing.”