Team Bader has been founded with the aim of encouraging amputees and those with other disabilities to try a sport or activity, and to support those who already participate.
Fitness aids healing and rehabilitation after amputation and other operations and is, of course, beneficial for circulation and the health of mind and body generally.
The benefits for amputees and other disabled in taking part in a sport has long been known. I don’t think you can overestimate what sport can give you. Martine Wright, double amputee
The sense of well-being that goes with exercise and physical fitness induces feelings of satisfaction and self-worth. Achieving success or simply improvement in a new sport or activity or as a new amputee in a known sport or activity is a great confidence-booster.
Getting involved with a sport or activity almost invariably means meeting other people and training, and hopefully laughing, with them is a great way to make new and, often, like-minded friends and contacts. This can be particularly true if training or competing as part of a team.
I’ve managed to overcome many problems in coming to terms with my new ‘self’, and adapting to cycling with a prosthetic leg, including riding with the GB Para Cycling Team. My desire is to help other amputees to enjoy cycling, a wonderful sport, pastime and means of transport through the Douglas Bader Foundation. Margaret Biggs (aka Leggz of LimbLine), amputee, cyclist, co-founder of Team Bader Cycling, DBF Ambassador.
Team Bader Groups:
- Team Bader Cycling:
Team Bader Cycling is a hugely enthusiastic and inclusive group which includes 3 of our cycling enthusiast DBF Ambassadors; Wyn Jenkins, Maggi Biggs and Gemma Trotter. Frequently accompanied by other amputees, they take part in various cycling activities including Time Trial tests, Triathlons and other events and organised rides. It can be about supporting as well as competing too. This year Wyn Jenkins, who was responsible for organising the deservedly popular Dambusters Cycle Ride, will be acting as support with his wife Marg taking care of a team which will include amputee Linda Chen amongst others, as they tackle the notoriously gruelling Race Across America in June.
- Team Bader Music:
Music has great benefits to all and Team Bader Music is a new venture which encourages amputees and others with disabilities to try playing a musical instrument. Our exciting project, “Bader’s Big Band“, is a Team Bader Music initiative which aims to create the first ever Big Band made up entirely of musicians and vocalists with disabilities. Support has already been pledged by a number of experienced 3rd parties including Big Band Conductor, Arranger, Musicians, Legal Companies, Disabled Charities, Music Organisations and charities involved specifically with musicians who have disabilities.
We now have a great core group of musicians but “Bader’s Big Band” is still recruiting so if you’d like to apply or would simply like to get in touch, please visit the News Post for more information. You can apply quickly and easily by clicking on the banner enrolment link on the Home Page.
Other Team Bader Groups will follow – we welcome suggestions. Please keep checking in for more information and updates.
Please follow the link for more information if you’d like to Join Team Bader.
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