Wheelchair racers in Portsmouth

(l-r) Jude Caunter, coach Bronwyn Carter and Louise Pilgrim. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (142723-2)
(l-r) Jude Caunter, coach Bronwyn Carter and Louise Pilgrim. Picture: Ian Hargreaves (142723-2)

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WHEELCHAIR racing has hit the headlines in recent weeks following the Invictus Games.

Now, the sport has arrived in Portsmouth after Paralympian David Weir’s coach led a session at the Mountbatten Centre.

Pompey in the Community and England Athletics invited David’s coach Jenny Archer to support a team of coaches and volunteers.

Christine Benning is the club and coach support officer for England Athletics Ltd.

She said: ‘It was a great session. It went really well.

‘Having Jenny Archer there was fantastic.

‘She did such a phenomenal job coaching the wheelchair athletes to give them more knowledge about wheelchair racing.

‘They definitely enjoyed it. We are working very hard to encourage more disabled people to take part in athletics.

‘Since the paralympics there has been quite a lot of interest and Portsmouth Joggers are offering opportunities for visually impaired runners to run with them.’

Wheelchair racing is open to manual wheelchair users who can propel themselves and athletes who cannot run or walk unaided.