Redbridge disability chief calls for better access to sport as legacy of Paralympics

08:00 24 August 2012

Abida Iqbal

Abida Iqbal

Archant

The chairman of a disabled women’s group says more needs to be done to give disabled people access to sport.

Abida Iqbal, 62, said the Paralympics will encourage more disabled people to want to be involved with sports and facilities should accommodate this.

Mrs Iqbal, chairman of the Redbridge Disabled Women’s Welfare Association, said her members were all excited about the Games, which begin on Wednesday.

“I have been waiting four years for this moment. I love it,” she said. “It will be really beneficial.”

She hopes the legacy of the Paralympics will be to make disabled people more involved with sport.

“It tells disabled people that they are part of the community as well and not kept away by saying you cannot do this or that. They will feel good as it’s something for us,” she added.

The upsurge of people taking up sports inspired by the Olympics is something which could be replicated after the Paralympics, she said.

“Everyone was riding, walking and running around during the Olympics. People took notice so I think it will be the same [for the Paralympics],” she said. “There needs to be more disabled access to sports facilities.”

Mrs Iqbal believes one of the ways facilities could be improved around the borough is by increasing the number of benches in parks and disabled access to swimming pools.

She said: “Every meeting the women ask about swimming. We used to go to Ilford Swimming Baths but that closed.”

Although she has tried to take the group to Fullwell Cross Leisure Centre, High Street, Barkingside many of the women do not want to swim while men are present and it is only possible to rent half of the pool.

A Redbridge spokesman said: “Due to pressures on the pool timetable, we were only able to offer RDWWA half the pool space at Fullwell Cross but the option wasn’t taken.

“Redbridge Cycling Centre is fully accessible and has a wide range of adapted bikes available for hire, free sessions are also offered at certain times.

“Vision’s sport and health team have a dedicated officer who has responsibility for inclusivity in sport and activity.”

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

Sherlock relocates to the Second World War as Cumberbatch swaps one genius for another.

Read more

Six classic student recipes. In case you can’t hack the bizarre combination of budget flavours, there are gourmet alternatives too.

Read more

Check out what happened when we got a sneak preview of Bankside’s Merge festival.

Read more

Promotions

AGA Living Subscription

Every issue of AGA Living magazine is packed full of celebrity AGA owner interviews, interior and design features, ideas to inspire your culinary imagination, mouth-watering recipes and inspirational shopping ideas.

Dojo gives you hand picked recommendations for events, places and activities in London

Tired of always hearing about some amazing event in London after its gone, missing out on the best activities? That’s where Dojo comes in.

And he’ll be joined by many more A Listers!

Vegetable oil was massaged into the dog’s fur to loosen the tar as part of the incredible rescue.

The post-mortem examination continues today.

TOP Stories

Comedian Russell Brand shows his support to Focus E15 campaigners outside Bow County Court. Picture: Isabel Infantes

Russell Brand joined Focus E15 campaigners at Bow County Court this morning, where the group of mothers agreed to end their occupation of the Carpenters Estate - but vowed to continue their fight.

13:16
Jeremy and Erin Morris. Picture: Dave M. Benett/Getty Images.

A Primrose Hill woman blamed for throwing rowdy all-night parties with her husband has apologised for disturbing neighbours – and described their antics as “middle-aged ravers getting out of control”.

The installation, entitled 'Take my lightning but don't steal my thunder', is by British artist Alex Chinneck (Photo by Rob Stothard/Getty Images)

Don’t worry, Covent Garden isn’t an alien spaceship floating off into the sky, even though it kinda looks that way in this amazing art installation by Alex Chinneck.

London Bloggers

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
The cast, including Josie Lawrence and Mike Myers

Simon Collins catches up with the improv impresarios, who despite being the world’s longest-running comedy show with the same cast, have lost none of the razor-sharp wit:

Monday, September 1, 2014
Do you really need an explanation for that?! (Pic by Serena Marinelli)

If you’ve ever seen an Italian movie, you would probably know how important body language is in the culture.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Don't waste any of your harvest

If you are now inundated with ripe tomatoes, juicy green beans, berries and herbs, don’t leave them to go stringy or mouldy because the freezer can go a long way to making your crops last well into winter.