Finding and discovering a new sport as an amputee can be very daunting but also extremely rewarding. It's difficult to find clubs that are able to cater for your adaptations and confidence is needed to join an able-bodied club but it does host a whole load of benefits.

Why Join an Able-Bodied Group?

As well as the possibility of finding new friends with similar interests, joining an able-bodied club can give you the confidence to show that you are able to keep up with your able-bodied peers. You may be able to inspire others in your community and keep motivated to continue with your new sport. All of the clubs I now attend are able-bodied simply because there are more clubs available and more opportunities to try different sports. 

If you're in London, may be a great place for you to take a look at some sports clubs near you. Take a look at University clubs as they are generally open to non-Uni members and the memberships are often cheaper. Also take a look at ASICS London Facebook page to take advantage of all that the run club and bootcamps can offer. 

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Why Join an Adaptive Club?

Able-bodied clubs are not always right for everyone and especially for para-specific sports such as wheelchair rugby, as you need access to the right equipment. The Parasport website is a great resource to find your local para club and they also include a list of able-bodied clubs that have adaptive add-on sessions. Keep an eye out on their website for open days, which are great to discover a new sport - I went to one in 2015 and then discovered Powerlifting, which then lead to Athletics, to throwing, to the sports that I do now! 

I found being with an adaptive club really increased my confidence and I was able to connect with other adaptive individuals. As an individual strongly considering amputation, it was fantastic to open up about our disabilities and achieve a common goal. 

I would highly recommend an adaptive club - take a look and join up.  Also keep an eye out for various charities who allow opportunities for amputees, such as LimbPower.

My Personal Sport Discovery Story

I was never a sporty child as such. After having my chronic pain condition from the age of 9, I was never interested in any sports that required running however I would happily throw a ball around. I started Judo at a very young age and went through the battle of stopping the sport, while I came to terms with my disability. At the pinnacle of my disability, I was very overweight with no drive to change until my amputation became a possibility.  Despite sounding cheesy, I saw a light at the end of the tunnel and I was motivated to get fit for my amputation. 

I attended a Parasport event where I discovered Para Powerlifting - this is also where I met my first amputee. I continued to increase my strength with Powerlifting and I then went on to discover wheelchair racing, which was extremely difficult with my foot and then discovered the throwing sports. 

Once I had my amputation and started running, I then transferred towards Obstacle Course Racing and I returned to Judo. Being a Frontrunner has significantly changed how I view running and I now proudly consider myself a runner. Having said that, I am always looking to discover new sports and I'm always searching for more opportunities and challenges. 

Which Sports Have I Tried as an Amputee?

Essentially, there are thousands of sports out there for you - just takes the first step to give them a go. 

As always, reach out if you'd like help with your journey towards a more active lifestyle - #imoveme

written by

Jamie Gane

Teacher of Mathematics from Basingstoke

Age group: 25-29

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