Ottobock UK has once again partnered with the award winning Tribal Series, following the immense success of the inaugural event earlier this year, to become an official 2016 supplier for Tribal Series.
Tribal Series, the UK’s first ever stand-alone mass-participation sports series dedicated to people with disabilities established by Paralympian Sophia Warner, will launch four events in 2016, having registered interest from almost 2,000 people.
Tribal Series launched earlier this year with the inaugural Para Tri, which last month won the EVCOM LIVE Award for Sporting Event 2015. On Sunday 9 August hundreds of participants, the majority of whom had never entered a competitive event before, descended on Dorney Lake in Windsor to take on seven challenges designed for every level of fitness and ability – four individual races and three relay races.
“We had no hesitation in supporting the Tribal Series for a second year,’ says Phil Yates, Managing Director at Ottobock. ‘The first event was a truly incredible day and embodied everything we stand for. We look forward to supporting the series and watching its events and impact grow and grow.”
In 2016 Tribal Series kicks off with two brand new events: the Para Swim and Para Run/Push, both taking place on 15 May at Dorney Lake; followed by the first-ever Para Tri North at Crosby Lakeside Adventure Centre in Liverpool on 24 July; and finishes with Para Tri South on 7 August, which returns to Dorney Lake for its second year. The challenges were chosen to reflect the UK’s three most popular disability sports of swimming, cycling and running/pushing (wheelchair racing).
Tribal Series gives the 12 million disabled people in the UK the opportunity to come together, compete and have fun on a dedicated playing field for the first time. The series addresses the lack of non-elite disability sport events and provides a relaxed and fun atmosphere where participants don’t have to fear being at a certain level of fitness. Participants can go solo or enter relays with disabled and non-disabled friends, family, colleagues and other likeminded people to face the challenge together, as long as there is at least one disabled person per team.
“I am absolutely delighted that Ottobock is continuing to support our series for its second year,” says Paralympian and Tribal Series founder Sophia Warner. “Their huge energy and passion for what we are trying to achieve was critical to the success of our first, award-winning event. Next year is a big year for disability sport and I look forward to working with Ottobock to provide a world-class series to help drive disability sport participation to levels never seen before’’.
A world leader in innovative solutions for people with limited mobility, Ottobock UK will also provide technical support for all participants on the day. It will be conducting various repairs to equipment at each event, such as wheelchairs and prosthetic limbs damaged in competition. Ottobock has been a partner to the Paralympic Games since 1988, and providing technical service for Tribal Series Ottobock UK is continuing this tradition.