Disability Sport Wales (DSW) has a vision – to transform lives through the power of sport.
As a world leading disability sport organisation they are putting our small, but mighty, country on the map.
“It is an exciting time for disability sport in Wales” announces Anthony Hughes, National Performance Manager at DSW.
Developing opportunities for disabled people to participate in active recreation is at the heart of what Disability Sport Wales do. Their philosophy is to work towards an inclusive sport sector in Wales. And their progress is clear to see.
“Our community programmes are not only feeding through to our talent programme but they are keeping people active and healthy in a fun way” Anthony says. “They feel part of something and have a sense of belonging that is helping them to grow week by week and that’s the most important part for us” he adds.
DSW believe that sport can create positive life chances for disabled people, whether taking part in community sport, achieving in a competitive arena or contributing to sport through coaching, volunteering or leadership. It is this common goal and determination that sees their staff and volunteers work so hard.
Many of these chances start with the community programmes, that Anthony calls the “lifeline” of the organisation. With nearly 23,000 club members and over a million participation opportunities per year it is widely regarded as being one of the world leading programmes for the delivery of disability sport.
The past few years have been particularly successful for DSW, with their work in schools, clubs, events and partnership opportunities.
At the 2016 Paralympic Games, Welsh athletes made up 10% of the Paralympics’ Team GB and brought home Gold, Silver and Bronze medals. This success continued in 2017, where seasoned athletes and young, new talent were all flying the flag for our proud nation. 2018 promises more excitement, as Anthony adds:
“The feeling is ‘watch this space and watch Wales. We put the great in Great Britain!”