ACTIVEABILITY SOLENT HANDS OVER QUICKIE BIKE TO AARON PHIPPS

Earlier this year, our Engagements Officer, Peter Hull MBE, represented Active Nation at a shop opening by local company Millbrook Healthcare, a leading provider of community equipment, wheelchairs, assistive technology and home improvement agency services in the UK.  During a conversation it was discovered that Millbrook Healthcare had a Quickie Shark Hand Bike that they wanted to donate to disabled athlete.  Peter mentioned that he is teammates with a current Team GB Wheelchair Rugby athlete, Aaron Phipps, who would appreciate such an amazing piece of training kit. 

During a sunny morning in late October 2018 we were present to film the handover of the Quickie bike to Aaron at the Southampton Outdoor Sports Centre.  The event caused a little bit of a media storm as ITV Merdian News, BBC Radio Solent and the Daily Echo covered the story.  Below you will find our documentary video about the handover, and what it meant to Aaron, as well as all local athletes with physically difficulties that could benefit from our ActiveAbility and Special Olympics Solent programmes.


WHAT ACTIVEABILITY SOLENT AND SPECIAL OLYMPICS SOLENT CAN OFFER

We work heavily within grassroots sports and activities for people in the Solent area that have physical and/or learning difficulties.  By helping an athlete of Aaron's stature, we are cementing our core beliefs that we can help develop athletes at every level because even though Aaron is a member of Team GB, it is very rare that even athletes competing in the Paralympics can train with such specialist equipment.  We are very lucky to be developing a partnership with Millbrook Healthcare because it means that we can continue our work to develop and support athletes from Southampton, Eastleigh, Winchester and the New Forest via our inclusive sports programmes.


AARON PHIPPS AND MILLBROOK HEALTHCARE

Here is a photo taken on the track of Aaron surrounded by the amazing Millbrook Healthcare team: