Tag Archive: double amputee

Jonny Ackroyd – TT in N Yorkshire

If you’re thinking of having a go at a time trial, just go for it and see what you’re made of! Jonny Ackroyd The destination for my second time trial was Dishforth in North Yorkshire. The event had no para cycling category, Maggz and I were the only para cyclists there and were just mixed… View Article

A New Ambassador for DBF

We are delighted to announce that inspirational Polio survivor and founder of Freedom in the Air, Gautam Lewis, has accepted our invitation to become an Ambassador for the Douglas Bader Foundation. We are proud to have his involvement and to welcome him to our dedicated team. Gautam Lewis Biography Gautam Lewis was born in Kolkata, India in 1977…. View Article
Help KartForce on Armed Forces Day

Help KartForce on Armed Forces Day

The excellent and very worthwhile charity, KartForce, is trying to fund a team to race in the gruelling British 24hr on Armed Forces Day and would appreciate any help you can give. Even though they’re officially recognised by the Combined Services Sports Board, Battle Back, British Army Motorsports Association and Army Karting, they get no… View Article

BADER BRAVES Adventure Weekend for Children with Limb Loss

DBF are delighted to announce that we will be holding a BADER BRAVES Adventure Weekend in April for young amputees and children with limb loss. The event will run between the 11th and 13th April and will again be hosted by the fantastic Calvert Trust, Kielder. (Click on the logo to visit the Calvert Trust,… View Article

First Double Amputee Racing Driver without hand controls….

FIRST DOUBLE AMPUTEE RACE DRIVER WITH HAND CONTROLS Double below knee amputee Black Watch soldier, Davie Birrell, joined KartForce in September 2012 after being referred by another forces motorsport charity. After some practice and coaching, Davie entered his first kart race – using hand controls. And that was the beginning of this whirlwind story. Buckle… View Article
KARTFORCE – 1st Injured Troops to Race in 24 Hour

KARTFORCE – 1st Injured Troops to Race in 24 Hour

BRITISH 24hr SAT 24th & 25th AUG 2013 TEESSIDE We’re very proud to be the first injured troops to race in UK’s most demanding endurance kart race – the British 24hr – where we’ll be competing against 70 teams of UK’s top kart racing teams. We’re entering 2 teams – 4 drivers per team. The… View Article
Film Role Opportunity for Double b/k Amputee

Film Role Opportunity for Double b/k Amputee

We’ve been asked to bring your attention to the following opportunity for a double amputee with acting aspirations! If you’d like to know more or to be considered for the role, please contact the number below. As with all these things, should you get the job, we’d love to hear from you!   ********************************* Hello,… View Article

A Film Role Opportunity for a Double b/k Amputee….

We’ve been asked to bring your attention to the following opportunity for a double amputee with acting aspirations! If you’d like to know more or to be considered for the role, please contact the number below. As with all these things, should you get the job, we’d love to hear from you!   ********************************* Hello,… View Article
Denis Kilcommons: Oscar Pistorius and Douglas Bader show the limbless can be human as well as superhuman

Denis Kilcommons: Oscar Pistorius and Douglas Bader show the limbless can be human as well as superhuman

by Barry Gibson, Huddersfield Daily Examiner – Sep 7 2012 IT was refreshing to discover that Paralympians are not saints. They are amazing athletes who have often overcome tremendous problems to find the motivation to compete at the highest level, but they are also human. One of the Great Britain seven-a-side football team, who furiously… View Article

Oscar Pistorius complains to officials after losing 200m Final

From CBS News Having spent years fighting for the right to race his own blades, Oscar Pistorius is now complaining about a rival’s artificial limbs after a stunning loss at the London Paralympics on Sunday. The “Blade Runner” had never been beaten over 200 meters in Paralympic competition until Brazilian sprinter Alan Oliveira came storming… View Article

After setting world record, Oscar Pistorius goes for gold in 200m..and more…

By: Laura Smith-Spark for CNN – 2/9/2012 London (CNN) — A day after setting a world record in the 200 meters qualifying heat, South African double-amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius goes for the gold in the event final at the London Paralympics on Sunday. He’ll face a number of capable challengers, including other top qualifiers Brazilian… View Article
Oscar Pistorius fails in his bid to reach the 400 metre finals

Oscar Pistorius fails in his bid to reach the 400 metre finals

Inspirational double amputee, Oscar Pistorius, known as the “Blade Runner” failed in his bid to reach the 400 metre finals in the London Olympics, qualifying last in his semi-finals. His heat was won by world champion Kirani James, the 19 year old Grenadian. Luguelin Santos, the 18 year old junior world champion made the final… View Article
What if Oscar Pistorius actually won?

What if Oscar Pistorius actually won?

A thoughtful and thought-provoking article by Jim Litke for the Huff Post Sports LONDON — Oscar Pistorius is brave, articulate, polite, polished, handsome and funny. He doesn’t play the victim and never complains. Those reasons and more are why his lifelong struggles to become an Olympian are so celebrated. But what if he actually won?… View Article
IAAF change stance on Pistorius lane issue

IAAF change stance on Pistorius lane issue

John Weaver, Sapa-AFP | 01 August, 2012 08:48 South African double amputee Oscar Pistorius is free to run in any lane in the 4x400m Olympic relay, IAAF president Lamine Diack said on Tuesday, changing his previous stance on the issue. At last year’s world championships in South Korea, the IAAF said Pistorius would have to… View Article

Paralympics – Jerome Singleton set for Paralympic showdown with Oscar Pistorius

Jerome Singleton says that his 100m showdown with Oscar Pistorius will be a highlight of the London Paralympics. The American sprinter beat the South African double amputee at last year’s World Championships in New Zealand. He is now hoping to do the same again in the Paralympic final on 6 September. “It’s going to be… View Article

Double amputee Aimee Mullins responds to “but you don’t look disabled” comments

NEW YORK — People come up to Aimee Mullins (pictured) all the time and say, “you know, I have to tell you, you just don’t look disabled.” The record-setting athlete, actress and model says, “And it’s sweet because I know that they’re confused, and they’re telling me this because they know I’m missing both legs… View Article

Paralympics – Martine Wright Hoping a Sensational Circle Ends at 2012 Paralympics

“I sort of feel like I deserve to be here,” muses Martine Wright, before pausing, steeling herself and starting again. “I definitely feel like I’m meant to be here.” The conviction in her voice is arresting and a slightly fragile self-assurance makes her story riveting even in the mouth of the dullest teller. “Here” for… View Article
Latest Newsletter from KartForce – Karting for Injured Troops

Latest Newsletter from KartForce – Karting for Injured Troops

KartForce Newsletter Welcome to KartForce’s first newsletter. We hope you’ll find our emails of interest but if you don’t want to receive any more newsletters, just click on Unsubscribe at the foot of this email and you’ll be automatically removed. KartForce is a non-profit organisation set up by Dave Player, an ex-Sapper, with support for the ABF –… View Article

London 2012 Olympics: Oscar Pistorius Qualifies for World Championships and London Games

From: The Telegraph South African double amputee Oscar Pistorius qualified for next month’s world championships by smashing his 400 metres personal best by half a second in Lignano, Italy on Tuesday. Pistorius, known as the ‘Blade Runner’ because he runs with carbon fibre prosthetic running blades, clocked 45.07 seconds to record a time inside both… View Article

He’s done it! Oscar Pistorius qualifies for Athletics World Championships-a step nearer to 2012 Olympics

From CBS News Double amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius qualified for the athletics world championships, running his best-ever time in the 400 meters Tuesday in his last race before the cutoff date. The South African — nicknamed “Blade Runner” — also moved a step closer to fulfilling his dream of competing in the 2012 Olympics after… View Article
Double-amputee sets his sights on worlds

Double-amputee sets his sights on worlds

As track and field’s Diamond League crosses into the United States, the focus shifts from Usain Bolt to a pair of intriguing South African runners. Oscar Pistorius, a double-amputee Paralympic champion, and Caster Semenya, scrutinized in a gender-testing controversy in 2009 and 2010, headline the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., on Saturday (2:30-4 p.m., NBC)…. View Article

Paralympics-Oscar Pistorius insists World Championship qualifying time is now just weeks away

By: Gareth A Davies Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee sprinter, is convinced he will achieve the International Association of Athletics Federation’s crucial 400 metres qualifying time for the World Championships within a month. Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee sprinter, is convinced he will achieve the International Association of Athletics Federation’s crucial 400 metres qualifying time for… View Article
Jay County freshman Evan Mathias shines on golf course despite being double amputee

Jay County freshman Evan Mathias shines on golf course despite being double amputee

In the tee box, staring out toward the fairway beneath a dreary, gray April sky stands a confident and poised young man, unfazed by the daunting road ahead. There is no time to think. The next challenge on this journey is about to begin. Evan Mathias can’t feel his golf spikes digging into the soft,… View Article
Update from KartForce – Great fun for "Unsung Heroes" too!!

Update from KartForce – Great fun for "Unsung Heroes" too!!

We’ve received this update from the excellent Kartforce. I’m assured this is equally available to the “unsung heroes”, so why not get a party together and get in touch with Kartforce. We’re sure that when you’ve seen the video you’ll be inspired to have a go. ******************************************* Hi Thank you for joining us on Twitter…. View Article
PISTORIUS POSITIVE AFTER YEAR TO FORGET

PISTORIUS POSITIVE AFTER YEAR TO FORGET

By Matt McGeehan, Press Association Sport Fate conspired against ‘the fastest man with no legs’ this year, with a near-fatal boat crash and a spell behind bars book-ending a summer that fell short of expectations. Double amputee sprinter Oscar Pistorius, a four-time Paralympic champion, had a prolonged battle with the International Amateur Athletics Federation over… View Article
Richard Whitehead sets new world record!

Richard Whitehead sets new world record!

Double amputee marathon runner Richard Whitehead set a new world record time for a leg amputee at the 2009 Chicago Marathon with a time of 2 hours, 50 minutes and 38 seconds. Please click on the link below to watch the video. http://www.webcastr.com/videos/news/double-amputee-sets-new-marathon-record.html What a fantastic achievement, Richard. Many congratulations! (Thanks to Steve McNeice)
Richard Whitehead sets new world record!

Richard Whitehead sets new world record!

Double amputee marathon runner Richard Whitehead set a new world record time for a leg amputee at the 2009 Chicago Marathon with a time of 2 hours, 50 minutes and 38 seconds. Please click on the link below to watch the video. http://www.webcastr.com/videos/news/double-amputee-sets-new-marathon-record.html What a fantastic achievement, Richard. Many congratulations! (Thanks to Steve McNeice)
Hero Ben gets a hand from Harry

Hero Ben gets a hand from Harry

PRINCE Harry is supporting his wounded hero Ben McBean’s fight for a fair compensation deal, the Royal Marine revealed today. Double amputee Ben, 22, told of his royal backing as he launched a landmark bid against the MoD. As The Sun revealed last week, officials have refused to pay out for more than 100 wounds… View Article

Arm transplant patient waits to toast success with a beer

BERLIN — The world’s only recipient of two full arms in a landmark transplant operation said on Wednesday he expected to soon be able to toast the success of the procedure with a good Bavarian beer. Karl Merk, a dairy farmer from the southern German city of Munich, lost both arms in an accident involving… View Article
Arm Transplant Patient Waits to Toast Success with a Beer

Arm Transplant Patient Waits to Toast Success with a Beer

BERLIN — The world’s only recipient of two full arms in a landmark transplant operation said on Wednesday he expected to soon be able to toast the success of the procedure with a good Bavarian beer. Karl Merk, a dairy farmer from the southern German city of Munich, lost both arms in an accident involving… View Article