Bromley student takes part in wheelchair sport event

PUBLISHED: 11:18 19 April 2016 | UPDATED: 11:18 19 April 2016

Harry Langley played wheelchair rugby for NHS spinal centre Stanmore

Harry Langley played wheelchair rugby for NHS spinal centre Stanmore

George S Blonsky

The Inter Spinal Unit Games gave participants a chance to play a range of sports

A Bromley student who was paralysed while playing rugby has been rehabilitating at a unique sport event.

Harry Langley, 20, represented NHS spinal centre Stanmore in the Inter Spinal Unit Games, where he had the opportunity to try more than 16 different wheelchair sports,

Mr Langley sustained a life-changing neck injury in March last year while playing rugby union for Sussex University.

He turned his attention to wheelchair sports after his injury, playing wheelchair rugby for Canterbury Hellfire - and he has found that it has had a big impact on his rehabilitation.

“I couldn’t even move the chair when I went to the first training session, I’m almost embarrassed to think back to it,” he said. “I’ve got a lot stronger and quicker without a shadow of a doubt.”

“I find it not only grows me stronger playing, I can see the differences, but also when I get home I can transfer easier and I feel stronger so there are so many more positives than the strength it grows through the game.

“When I was injured through rugby I wasn’t sure whether there’d be a sport that could ever replace it. In hospital I used to sit there on top of the balcony and watch the local wheelchair rugby team and I always wanted to get involved. I was a bit nervous whether to go down or not and when I left I joined the Canterbury team and straight away loved it from there.”

One hundred people took part in the Inter Spinal Unit Games, which were held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium in Buckinghamshire and took place from April 12-14.

WheelPower’s Stewart Jeeves, who coordinated the event, said “At a time of a traumatic injury or illness, WheelPower are proud of the positive impact our events can have on people.

“The first year after spinal cord injury is a crucial stage of rehabilitation and it is WheelPower’s aim to promote the benefits of enjoying a healthy active lifestyle to people with a disability.”

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