The Countess of Wessex wont be unveiling a plaque on Wednesday 8th October instead she will be revealing four new inductees to the Stoke Mandeville Hall of Fame as she makes her first ever visit to the Hall of Fame in question.
The Hall of Fame, which is situated at the entrance of Stoke Mandeville Stadium, recognises individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to British Wheelchair sport. Upon her arrival to the venue, The Countess of Wessex will be treated to a guided tour after which she will announce the four lucky new additions to the Hall of Fame.
The stadium sees patients from Stanmore and Stoke Mandeville’s spinal injury centres take part in table tennis, wheelchair rugby and archery. The redevelopment of Stoke Mandeville Stadium in recent years has transformed the original sports centre in to a state of the art complex and is now the home of the National Wheelchair Championships.
Kevin Power, WheelPower chairman was thrilled with the news that the Countess of Wessex would be visiting, he commented, “We are delighted to welcome The Countess of Wessex to this special occasion at Stoke Mandeville Stadium. The Hall of Fame is an honour exclusively reserved for the top contributors to British wheelchair sport both past and present.”
Mr Power continued, “The current names on the board have not only made remarkable achievements on a personal level, they have inspired and facilitated disabled people all over the country to take up sport.”
The newest additions to the Stoke Mandeville Hall of Fame will not be alone, they will join the existing legends that have already been enlisted in this inspiring society. Some of these inductees include Paralympics founder Sir Ludwig Guttmann and British multiple Paralympic medallists Baroness Tanni-Grey Thompson and Caz Walton.
Kevin Power concluded, “The latest additions to the Hall of Fame are all individuals that have dedicated much of their lives to wheelchair sport and their contribution has been invaluable and their names have become synonymous with Stoke Mandeville Stadium and the birthplace of the Paralympic movement.”
WheelPower, who provide accessible facilities at Stoke Mandeville Stadium, have insisted that new names will added to the Hall of Fame in every future Paralympic year.