Stroke survivors shoot to the top of the league
01 August 2016
Stroke survivors are gunning for success at Tondu Target Shooting Club after being introduced to the sport by The Stroke Association and Bridgend County Borough Council.
The Stroke Association have worked with the council’s Disability Sports Officer to arrange taster sessions at the shooting club, and a group of members who form the ‘Stroke Tondu’ team have developed expertise in the sport.
The ‘Stroke Tondu’ team compete alongside clubs from all over Britain, and stroke survivor Phil James, who competes in Division One of the rifle and air pistol leagues, said: “We really enjoy being able to compete in the sport but it’s also an important opportunity for us all to have a support network and social group. We learn from each other and feed off the banter that goes on between us.”
Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Health and Wellbeing, Councillor Phil White, said: “It’s great to see that so many of the stroke group at Tondu Target Shooting Club are excelling in the sport. It’s especially pleasing to know that they are able to take part in an in an inclusive league where both disabled and non-disabled shooters compete together.
“Our Disability Sport Officer has worked closely with the Stroke Association to provide the opportunity at the shooting club, as well as working with BridgeVis to provide the same opportunity for people who are blind or visually impaired.
“Our thanks go out to staff and volunteers at partner organisations and Tondu Target Shooting Club for working with us to provide these inclusive sport opportunities.”
If you have a disability and want to find out what sporting opportunities are available in the county borough, or are keen to try a specific sport, please contact Gareth Walters, the council’s Disability Sport Officer on 01656 815220 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.