Is the future of sport inclusive? Learn all about the future of disability sports as several representatives from influential sports associations break down the barriers to inclusive sport and the ways in which they can be overcome to better promote physical activity and inclusion.
Simeon Wakely is the director of The Disability Sports Channel, a media charity dedicated to promoting and covering disability sports on a more regular basis. Simeon was born with Spina Bifida. He has over a decade of experience in disability, playing wheelchair basketball for 7 years for a team in Bristol and then 4 years of coaching.
It became clear to him that to inspire the players he was coaching there needs to be more coverage of the sport. With a group of athletes, including a few Paralympic athletes, he created a channel dedicated to promoting disability sports and shaping disability media. Over the past year Simeon along with the team has worked with sports governing bodies to promote the sports and to build relationships with the governing bodies.
Simeon started playing wheelchair basketball almost 11 years ago when former Paralympian Jen Browning along with her husband Mike started a junior wheelchair basketball team in Bristol. Simeon progressed through the club first for the Under 15’s and then for the Under 19’s junior national league team. When Simeon’s time came to decide what he would like to do next due to his age, he decided he would like to be a coach, Simeon had the opportunity to coach at a satellite club and coaches both the junior and division 4 teams for Southwest Scorpions.