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Get Kids Going!’s Super September

Great Britain’s Wheelchair Rugby Team European Champions!

Supported by Get Kids Going!, the Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby team won the gold medal at the IWRF European Championships in Finland.

The team were cheered on by Get Kids Going! Chief Executive, Jane Emmerson, and Development Board member, Jacki Dixon.

After topping their pool, Team GB saw off Germany in the semi-finals to set up a tense final against the current title holders, Sweden.

The match was an electrifying and nail biting one with Team GB stealing the winning goal in the last 10 seconds to beat Sweden, 49-48!

After the game Jane said, “I am absolutely delighted for the team. Get Kids Going! has been supporting the team for over five years now and this is such a great achievement!”

This means the team now qualifies for the Rio Paralympic Games next year!

Get Kids Going! do the double at the Morrisons Great North Run!

Get Kids Going! Vice President, David Weir, and Ambassador, Shelly Woods, were crowned champions of the Morrisons Great North Run wheelchair races.

David comfortably beat off the competition and claimed a record-equalling sixth men’s wheelchair crown as he controlled the race right from the start.

The Get Kids Going! Vice President tore up an elite field to win the Disability Confident Tyne Tunnel 2K International, the Friday before, beating major rival, Josh Cassidy by nearly 30 seconds.

David has been supported by Get Kids Going! since he was a young boy and after his magnificent wins of four gold medals at the London 2012 Paralympic Games kindly agreed to be a Vice President of the charity and gives us all support possible to encourage disabled youngsters to participate in wheelchair sport.

Shelly claimed her seventh title after a close fought race led to her main rival crashing close to the finish line. Margriet van den Broek crashed in the final corner and after a superb sprint finish by Shelly she just edged out American rival Amanda McGrory by 11 seconds.

After the race Shelly said, “It was my hardest win here and my toughest race for a long time. I had to work so hard.

“My form has been up and down but I hope to go to Rio and am using every race now to prepare. Get Kids Going! is fantastic. The Great North Run always puts a smile on my face!”

Shelly is now one Great North Run win away from equalling Get Kids Going!’s other Vice President, Tanni Grey-Thompson’s record of eight wins!

Get Kids Going! had hundreds of team runners competing in the Morrisons Great North Run. It was fantastic to see so many Get Kids Going! t-shirts running around the course and we are all very proud of everyone who kindly took part and raised valuable funds for the charity.

Congratulations to David, Shelly, all our fantastic runners and our hard working volunteers who were at the finish line with a hot cup of Yorkshire tea and a Mars bar!

Thank you to everyone - you are all stars!

David triumphant again with a new British record!

David Weir continued his success at the Morrisons Great North Run with a superb personal best time and British record at the BMW Berlin Marathon.

The Get Kids Going! Vice President and all round super star had a fantastic race winning in 1 hour 27 minutes and 36 seconds which was more than 3 minutes faster than anyone else.

David was thrilled with the result and is already getting ready for the World Championships in Doha at the end of October and the New York Marathon in November.

David kindly came along as a VIP to the Get Kids Going! team party the night before the race when he met all the wonderful runners who were kindly taking part in the Berlin Marathon to raise money for the charity.

We are extremely proud and grateful to all our runners for their wonderful effort and achievement in Berlin.

Well done!

In Other News…

Get Kids Going! tennis superstar, Dermot Bailey, has won his third ITF Future’s men’s single title of 2015 in Portugal.

Dermot has had a great season so far and saw off tough competition to win the title.

These superb results means Dermot has climbed to 57th in the World and he is getting closer to his dream of competing in the Rio Paralympics next year.

Well done Dermot you are fantastic!

We are delighted to say that six Get Kids Going! athletes have been selected to represent Great Britain at the IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar.

Aled Davies, Kyron Duke, Mo Jomni, Ben Rowlings, Issac Towers and David Weir have all been chosen to compete in the Championships this month.

This is fantastic news as they are all striving to reach the Paralympics in Rio de Janiero next year.

Congratulations to you all from everyone at Get Kids Going! We hope you bring back a few medals!

Get Kids Going! is a national charity which gives disabled children and young people - up to the age of 26 yrs - the wonderful opportunity of participating in sport. We provide them with specially built sports' wheelchairs so they can do: athletics, marathons, tennis, skiing, rugby, sailing, boccia, basketball, sledge hockey, table tennis, fencing, shooting, archery, powerlifting and many more sports. Get Kids Going! inspires British disabled youngsters to compete in sporting events, from start to paralympic level, by also giving them sports grants to help with their; training, physiotherapy, travel, competition fees, design and development of sports' equipment etc. With your help many can become world record holders and paralympic champions!.

Our aim is to give support to all our budding paralympians in the build up to the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Paralympic Games and the 2018 South Korea Winter Paralympics and many more such events. Like any aspiring athletes all our youngsters need long term support, often over many years, to achieve their sporting dreams. Sadly, we are aware of cuts in funding for such youngsters from government and other sources, and so many of our youngsters are forced to rely on friends and family for financial help. As you can imagine this causes enormous burdens on many, already cash strapped, families and a constant worry as the cost of participating in their favourite sport is forever increasing.

There are hundreds of talented, disabled, youngsters who have the potential to participate in events throughout the UK and all over the world but receive either none or very little funding and are desperate to achieve their life-long sporting dreams. With your help, together we can turn their dreams into reality and help make them into sporting heroes!

Not only does Get Kids Going! focus on helping disabled young athletes but it also provides manual wheelchairs for children to use every day; at home, at school, and to enable them to play with their friends. These are our wonderful athletes of the future! We believe that all disabled children and young people should receive the right equipment to get them going!.

We support children with all disabilities and from all backgrounds. We take pride in ensuring that any equipment which is out grown is recycled to other children, so our supporters' valuable donations are never wasted. Many people who support Get Kids Going! feel a marvellous sense of achievement and satisfaction. They see that even the smallest donation makes an amazing difference! Get Kids Going! gives disabled children and young people the chance of a life time, freedom, and many wonderful opportunities that you and I take for granted. Opportunities they may never have without you and the support of Get Kids Going! No other charity in the UK focuses on helping disabled children and young people with sport in the same way.

The cost of a bespoke sports wheelchair is about £4,000. A lightweight manual wheelchair is around £3,000. All are designed individually, and perform just like a Formula 1 Racing Car!.

The cost of a sports grant can be anything from £500 to £15,000 per year for each youngster.

In general there are over 200,000 disabled children and young people in Britain who need the help of Get Kids Going!.

Please help us turn their dreams into reality!.

Our work would not be possible if it wasn’t for the hundreds of runners who support Get Kids Going! throughout the year by running the Virgin Money London Marathon, Paris Marathon, Berlin Marathon, New York City Marathon, Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon, Paris Half Marathon, Richmond Festival Half Marathon, Great North Run, taking part in Ride London 100, L'Etape du Tour and the many other events and marathons worldwide. And also the numerous companies, trusts, schools and individuals who kindly give us such valuable donations and support. We’d like to say a ‘big thank you’ to you all.






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