Laser tag gets upgrade with wheelchairs

SHOOTING STARS Wheelchair laser tag
SHOOTING STARS Wheelchair laser tag
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GARY Byrne is challenging the people of Gosport to battle.

The 42-year-old creator of wheelchair laser tag is bringing the sport to Gosport Leisure Centre, off Forest Way.

He wants plenty of people to head down to the centre to speed along in the provided wheelchairs, navigating 
around obstacles and firing at the enemy.

Wheelchair user Gary said: ‘People wrongly assume that if they’re not in a wheelchair then they can’t take part.

‘We supply the wheelchairs. It’s a totally inclusive sport, anyone can play.

‘We have kids who come who are first excited by getting into a wheelchair.’

Gary added that excited youngsters even want to buy the chairs and take them home.

But he added using a wheelchair is a new skill that needs to be learned.

He said: ‘They get in the chairs and have to learn a new skill as well as shooting a laser pistol.

‘They start shooting their family, adrenaline kicks in and then they have to learn different tactics.

‘Initially it’s just a game of getting used to the wheelchair.’

Registration for the event starts at 10am on Sunday, with it all kicking off at 10.30am.

The game uses 12 wheelchairs and 30 obstacles, with 24 laser pistols and eight laser MP5 guns available for use.

Gary, who has spina bifida, came up with the sport in 2010, holding his first ever session in Alton with 140 gunners in the game.

The Gosport-based wheelchair basketball player wants as many people to come along to help raise cash for Gosport and District Sports Association for the Disabled.

As reported in The News, a fire on November 27 last year saw the association’s building, in Elson Road, damaged in a fire.

The toilets, office and kitchen were destroyed in the blaze.

For more information, see wheelchairlasertag.co.uk