Welcome to Powys page on the Disability Sport Wales Website.
My name is Bev Tucker, Disability Sport Wales Development Officer for Powys. I am based at Brecon, Powys .
Within Powys there are currently existing clubs and provisions offering a variety of sporting activities for disabled people, ranging from Sailing to Indoor Bowls.
If you are a coach or volunteer there is also the UK Disability Inclusion Training Course (UK DIT) which is currently available in Wales, courses run several times over the year so please contact me for upcoming dates.
In order to help support clubs deliver good quality sessions Disability Sport Wales have introduced insport. insport is a four tiered (Ribbon, Bronze, Silver and Gold) identification and accreditation process which any sports club can go through to show they are committed to providing and delivering inclusive sport. If you are a mainstream club providing inclusive sport already or would like to please contact me. Look out for the insport logo that highlights some of the most inclusive sports clubs across Wales.
I update the website on a weekly basis with news, events and up and coming courses to please check regularly!
For more information or advice , please contact me on the number below or email Bev
Events in your area
Sailing and Kayaking Fun days in Powys- Event cancelled
16th June at Llangorse Sailing Club , Brecon ,Powys
DISABLED PEOPLE’S WATER SPORTS FUN DAY
WITH SAILING & CANOEING
SATURDAY 16TH JUNE
Unfortunately due to the conditions at Llangorse Lake today we have taken the decision to cancel this years event .
We apologise for any disappointment or inconvenience caused For more information contact Beverley Tucker 01874 612 034/ 07950945065
Disability Sailing and Kayaking Day
Clywedog Sailing Club
Disability Sailing & Kayaking Day
Sat Jun 30th 2012
Join us for a fun day afloat on Llyn Clywedog, near Llanidloes, in Mid Wales. The event is run by Powys County Council in conjunction with Clywedog Sailing Club and Anglers afloat.
We will have our Access & Sunbird Dinghies and Challenger trimarans for the less able bodied person and wheelchair users.
Please bring spare clothing/towels etc in case of wet weather. Wetsuits/Buoyancy aids will be provided by the Club for which there will be a small hire charge.
LIGHT REFRESHMENTS & SNACKS AVAILABLE ALL DAY
5mls from Llanidloes, follow signs to Dam then for Sailing Club
Enquiries : 01686 640305 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.clywedogsailing.org.uk
News in your area
Robert Davies Selected for the Paralympic Table Tennis Team
Brecon`s Robert Davies has recently been selected for the London 2012 Paralympics in September and will be part of a strong Welsh contingent in the GB team .
Robert is the current British Champion and is ranked in the top ten players in the world .
` We are really proud of Rob`s achievements and it shows how dedication to training and competing can bring with it such wonderful rewards `
" We and the whole of the Powys community will be cheering for Robert in London and hope that he can bring back a medal for Wales and Great Britain "
Says Bev Tucker , Disability Sport Wales Development Officer for Powys who helped Robert with setting up Wheelchair table tennis sessions and adapted equipment at Brecon Leisure Centre in 2006 .
Powys Sailing coach in the news
Keith Rollinson helps disabled sailors take to the water in Wales
By Hamish Stuart, RYA Wales on 2 Feb
Keith Rollinson helps disabled sailors take to the water all round Wales
© RYA Wales
Keith Rollinson has succeeded in increasing the amount of disabled sailors able to take to the water in North Wales, now his role has been expanded to include all of Wales.
Rollinson, aged 63, from Welshpool, started his campaign to increase the access to sailing when his wife was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis 12 years ago, but since then he has seen the Sailability scheme go from strength to strength.
Having spent the last three years helping clubs in North Wales become much more accessible through improving facilities and running coaching schemes, he has now been appointed as the Sailability co-ordinator for all of Wales for clubs to get advice on how to increase disabled sailing.
"What I do is really just to promote disabled sailing and helping clubs to set things up including where to look for funding to improve facilities," explained Rollinson.
"It is about taking a lot of little steps, getting some people out on the water who would not be able to enjoy sailing if we did not put a few things in place. It is worth it just to see the joy on people's faces after they have been out on the water for 20 minutes.
"This can include people in a wheelchair, partially sighted, cerebral palsy, or arthritis can also be part of it, anything that means people are not as agile – it a question of putting the facilities and volunteers in place helping people to enjoy sailing.
"At my own club Clywedog, we have become a centre for disabled sailing after getting grants for a hoist and various other facilities.
"Clubs need disabled access, toilets, better signage for partially sighted, some simple things that club committees would not think of to make places more friendly for people with a disability.
For the Access dinghies you need just over 1mt of depth with good access from the waters edge for wheelchairs and you can go sailing. At Clywedog we have a landing craft and a landing island with a hoist ( purchased courtesy of a Disability sport grant and Local Authority funding , but there are also Trimarans which are controlled by the sailor from the centre seat which the sailor can transfer too on land and then be launched from a slipway.
"We have two schools for pupils with learning disabilities who use Clywedog. There is one autistic lad who is very bright, a good sailor, who has joined the club and is now sailing with our cadets. "Sailability is about making our clubs as inclusive as possible."
While Rollinson is now the main contact in Wales, there is plenty of advice for interested clubs on the RYA website at www.rya.org.uk/sailability/ . Rollinson can be contacted either through Sailability, Welsh Sailing, the Clywedog club or Sport Powys.
He is a RYA senior instructor who runs the cadet club at Clywedog. His influence in getting schemes off the ground in North Wales is behind the decision to make him the main force for Sailablity throughout Wales.
"Sailability is a great scheme and we are lucky to have someone with the experience and knowledge of Keith to drive this forward in Wales," said Welsh Sailing chief executive Steve Morgan.
"Clubs can get funds and grants, it is just a question of knowing what to ask for and where to look. Keith can help with that.
"Sailing is an excellent sport for all ages and abilities, with welcoming clubs throughout Wales that have a fantastic camaraderie for everyone to join in with. Keith can help expand those opportunities."