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The Paralympian, Strictly star and recently announced contender for Sports Personality of the Year will top off an incredible 2017 by taking on the UK’s
first festive disability sports event with three lucky competition winners
The second event in the new Superhero Series – the only sports series for the ‘Everyday Superhero’: the UK’s 12.9m people with disabilities – npower Winter Wonderwheels will see npower Team Captain Jonnie unite with over 600 participants of all ages and abilities on 3 December as they walk, run, push, be pushed, or anything between, around the spectacular Dorney Lake in Windsor.
Jonnie will be joined by 15 Paralympians and well-known TV personalities, including Adam Hills, Sophie Christiansen at David Weir, who are all taking part in the fun. But they will be letting the Everyday Superheroes take centre stage in what will be one of the UK’s biggest turnouts for a disability sports event, along with the Series’ hugely successful debut summer event Superhero Tri, since the London Paralympics.
The need for such a series was highlighted in a surprising study by the English Federation of Disability Sport (EFDS) and Sport England, which revealed disability sport participation had actually fallen since 2012. One of the biggest barriers to participation was lack of confidence.
With the support of headline Sponsor npower and its other Super Partners, Superhero Series aims to tackle this barrier and attract a whole new audience to mass-participation sport by throwing out restrictive rules and regulations and creating a fun environment where masks, capes and pants over tights are positively encouraged. Crucially, participants can feel confident that they will be in the majority rather than the minority.
Jonnie commented: “My experience on Strictly [Come Dancing] showed me more than ever that all activities are open and available to people with disabilities. That’s why I jumped at the chance to support the Superhero Series as I know that participation will improve self-esteem and I’d love to encourage more people to be physically active in their everyday life. There’s a long way to go, but I feel privileged to partner with npower Winter Wonderwheels as part of a very special journey.”
Alongside the challenges, Superheroes and spectators at npower Winter Wonderwheels can expect plenty of festive fun, including Christmas carols, mince pies and no other than Father Christmas cheering participants over the finish line.
npower Winter Wonderwheels 2017 will take place at Dorney Lake on 3 December.
npower is excited to be partnering with Winter Wonderwheels following the success of the Superhero Tri, powered by npower, last Summer. Once again Jonnie Peacock is captain of #teamnpower – and will be racing his team to victory on 3rd December. Sign up now and save the day! www.superheroseries.co.uk