What is it?
Paddle-Ability is the term used to refer to all activity for disabled people be it specialist activity or as part of mainstream opportunities. The term Paddle-Ability focuses on a person's ability to take part in paddlesport rather than their disability.
Paddle-Ability sessions enable disabled people to take part in activity with other disabled people as part of a club or groups specifically for disabled people or, more frequently, alongside their non-disabled friends and family.
What we have done
At Trentham Canoe Club we have had some form of Paddle-Ability happening at the club since its beginnings in 2006. We have previously had members of North Staffs Special Olympics Canoe Team join us on the lake, along with Paralympian Ian Marsden.
What are sessions like?
We run Paddle-Ability in two ways at Trentham Canoe Club;
1) We run a Paddle-Ability group once a week in the spring and summer months, this is a safe space for those that may struggle in larger groups
2) Our coaches are experienced in working with people of various backgrounds and use their experience to include people with additional needs into our regular sessions where possible
Main training session times
Wed: 6pm (April-October)
Paddle-Ability Representative: Dave Whiston