Baldock Paralympics fan with spina bifida uses wheelchair handcrank to power herself around Olympic Park for Shine
PUBLISHED: 17:32 07 September 2016 | UPDATED: 17:32 07 September 2016
A disabled teenager from Baldock used a handcrank attachment for her wheelchair to power herself 5km around the Olympic Park in London on Sunday, raising more than £500 for charity in the process.
Victoria Nice, 19, who has spina bifida and hydrocephalus – conditions affecting the spine and brain – completed the challenge at Parallel London 2016 in aid of Shine, a charity that helps people with those conditions to live life to the full.
Helped by her mum Katrina, she completed the 5km course in an hour, 17 minutes and 45 seconds.
“I loved taking part and seeing the Olympic Park again,” said Victoria.
“My mum pushed me up the uphill bits and had to run to keep up on the downhill bits.
“We both think it’s great to have a ‘run’ to include lots of disabled people, especially just before the Paralympics. I visited the Paralympics for three days in 2012, so it was great fun to be in a sports event there and show what ordinary disabled people can do. I hope it’s on again next year – I can’t wait.”
Parallel London 2016, celebrating the spirit of the Paralympics – which started in Rio de Janeiro yesterday – saw folks of all ages running, walking, wheeling and pushing across anything from 100m to 10km in what was billed as the first-ever all-inclusive push, run and walk event.
Proud Katrina said: “It was brilliant to have this fun run to show that people of all disabilities can and want to take part in a big event.
“There was such a lovely atmosphere, and probably about 1,000 to 1,500 people taking part with many more supporting.”
For more or to make a donation, see justgiving.com/Victoria-Nice.