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LimbPower offers double sporting fun for young people in 2017
NATIONAL charity LimbPower is pleased to announce they will host two events for young amputees and children with physical impairments in 2017.  
On Saturday June 24, LimbPower will bring the Junior Games to Birmingham - a new date on their sporting calendar. Then on Saturday September 30 the Games return to Stoke Mandeville Stadium in Buckinghamshire.  
For many years, the LimbPower Junior Games has provided children and young people with a great opportunity try out new sports and activities in a fun, friendly and supportive environment. LimbPower is delighted to expand their events programme this year and take the Junior Games to Birmingham for the first time.  
The Games are open to children and young people aged five to eighteen with a physical impairment. Sports and activities on offer this year will include climbing, wheelchair basketball, track and field athletics, cycling, sitting volleyball, tennis, archery and football (subject to change). For many participants, the Junior Games is one of the first opportunities they have to try out lots of different activities. 
Debbie, mother of a Junior Games participant, said: 'The Junior Games is such a confidence booster for Anna. She's made friends and learned sports she would ever have tried without it. It's even inspired her to join an athletics club.'  
Chief executive of LimbPower, Kiera Roche, added: 'Expanding the Junior Games is part of LimbPower's plan to reach more children with an amputation or limb impairment across the country, giving them an opportunity to try new activities in a safe and friendly environment amongst their peers.' 
This year's Junior Games events are proudly supported by Douglas Bader Foundation, Leigh Day, Ottobock, Dorset Orthopaedic and Axis (powered by Ottobock).  
Event details are:  
Saturday June 24 - LimbPower Junior Games Birmingham, at Small Heath Wellbeing Centre.  
Saturday September 30 - LimbPower Junior Games Stoke Mandeville, at Stoke Mandeville Stadium.  
For more information about the LimbPower Junior Games 2017 please visit www.limbpower.com or contact Andy Brittles, LimbPower National Sport Development Officer. Email andy@limbpower.com or call 07503 030502.  
LimbPower's vision is to change lives through the power of sport, physical activity and the arts. The Junior Games support their ongoing work to increase the number of suitable and available activity opportunities for people with limb impairments in the UK. 
For more information about LimbPower visit www.limbpower.com

DM Orthotics 'Godsend' for six-time Paralympian
REDRUTH based manufacturer DM Orthotics Ltd added para-canoeist and six-time Paralympian Jeanette Chippington MBE to its ever-successful roster of para-athletes collectively known as Team DMO.  
DM Orthotics who; design, manufacture and supply orthotic medical products to patients of cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, stroke, scoliosis and other related conditions, are pleased to make Jeanette's advocacy official following her gold medal win at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.  
Jeanette, who was paralysed by Transverse Myelitis at age 12, had been using the company's trademark DMO Suit to help manage a shoulder injury prior to the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.  
She said: 'The suit pulls my shoulder back slightly to realign me and set it in the correct position. It realigns my whole posture and sets my pelvis in a neutral position to help me avoid other injuries. Using it in conjunction with physio has completely solved my shoulder pain. It's a Godsend!' 
Jeanette has forged an extraordinary Paralympic career, which began as a para-swimmer in Seoul in 1988, and won 12 medals across consecutive games through to 2004. In 2016 she reinvented herself as para-canoeist winning the Gold in the Women's KL1 200m. 
DM Orthotics' managing director Martin Matthews commented on Jeanette's arrival to Team DMO. 
He said: 'Jeanette has had an outstanding Paralympic career to date. We are really proud to have her on-board, she is a great inspiration.' 
DM Orthotics is proud to support a number of high profile GB Paralympics athletes including Kadeena Cox who won four medals across two sports at Rio 2016. 
To find out more about Jeanette, the DMO products she uses and the rest of Team DMO visit www.dmorthotics.com
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