This is a Partnership between Para Dance UK, Birmingham Wheelchair Basketball, and Wheelchair Boxing. The skills and experience between all three of these partners have enabled an engagement and connection to open new opportunities for the disability community to see the possibility of being competitive, creative, and social.
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Birmingham Wheelchair Basketball
Who is Birmingham wheelchair basketball?
We still put on wheelchair basketball sessions for our community and deliver events in Birmingham and The West Midlands, such as Wheelchair basketball on New Street Station concourse, however since covid19 we have developed online sessions to deliver to a wider community and thinking outside the box started The motivation and inspiration project, which has seen us deliver over 60 interviews with inspirational, keynote speakers and inspire not only our community during these challenging times but also other groups and communities which have themselves grown and connected with us.
Wheelchair Basketball is an inclusive sport and inspires people of all ages and disabilities and non-disabilities to engage, have fun and play safely together, it brings people together and develops awareness of disability and the importance of why inclusion sport is important.
“Positive action inspires positive outcomes”.
By bringing the community together through our sport we build on the community and inspire the community to build a better future together.
Luiz Faye - Boxing Bio
I have always been an active person, enjoying sport since childhood. My first love has
always been swimming. My parents used to call me a fish, after I managed to swim my first
length just a couple of days before my third birthday!
Although I took part in different sports growing up, I was often hindered by recurring pain and
injuries to my knees. This didn’t affect my day to day life, until I was in my late 20’s, whilst
serving as a police officer.
By the age of 29, the problems had worsened and were now affecting my pelvis and back.
After 2 years of investigation and procedures I was diagnosed as having a mild form of hip
dysplasia, which could be corrected and repaired with surgery. In spring 2016, the operation
In the months that followed, I learned that surgery hadn’t been successful. Further tests
diagnosed a degenerative condition affecting the disks in my spine, pelvis and nerves in my
legs. In March 2017, I was medically retired from a ten year career in the police service.
Day to day life had changed. I was unable to do things that I once took for granted, like
walking my dog, cutting the grass, or nipping up the stairs when I had forgotten something!
To be honest, I had struggled to cope with the transition into my new life; but after a year of
feeling sorry for myself, I decided that I had to take back some control! I moved into a
bungalow, closer to my family in Yorkshire, re-qualified as a Swimming Instructor &
Aromatherapist. Later that year, I went on to launch my business. In honour of chronic pain
warriors, I named my brand; Kronik Warrior UK.
Next on the agenda was to find a sport to get involved with. My default was to go back to
swimming; but this time it would be the para version of the sport. I really enjoyed it, so I
began to enquire about joining a competitive para-swim team. Unfortunately I was advised
that my conditions were not present on the list of recognised disabilities to participate as a
para-swimmer. In other words… I wasn’t disabled enough!
Eager to remain as active as possible, I joined a local gym. Since the surgery, I felt weak
and unfit. I had done little else than my physio and rehab exercises for months. I’d lost a lot
of confidence in my own abilities and desperately needed to get it back! I was lucky enough
to find a fantastic personal trainer who helped to get me back on that path.
During one of my training sessions with him, I pointed to the punch bag, hanging in the
corner of the gym. I mentioned that I had always thought about giving boxing a try, but had
never got round to doing it. He smiled and simply suggested “Why don’t you do it in your
wheelchair?!”... It didn’t take much thinking about, for me to say yes to the challenge! For
the next couple of months, we met weekly and did pad work in my wheelchair; learning the
I was really enjoying boxing and decided to look for a coach to help me progress my skills.
For the next six months, I travelled to my good friend and boxing coach in Derby for one to
one sessions. I absolutely loved it. Not only was I becoming fitter and stronger, whilst
learning new skills, I felt that it was having a positive impact on my emotional health too. As
my enjoyment of this sport continued to grow, I wanted to train more often but unfortunately
the journey down the motorway wasn't something I was physically able to do on a frequent
Not to be defeated and with the support of my coach, I began searching for boxing clubs,
local to me who might be able to help me in my quest. That very same day, I received a
response from a boxing academy in Barnsley. . He invited me down to the club to check out
the gym and watch one of their classes, and the next day I did just that.
Within 10 minutes of being there, I’d got my two wheelchairs out of the car and everyone
was giving it a try! We looked around the gym and the coaches began making adjustments
for me to be able to train there. The whole team welcomed me with open arms! I knew
instantly that I would be happy there. Within a few weeks, I became a voluntary mentor at
Fast forward to October 2019. I became the first female Adaptive Boxer & Coach to
represent the World Boxing Council, launching the WBC Adaptive Boxing Programme, at
their Annual Convention. This was in the presence of the Heads of Boxing for 166 countries
and over 90 world champions.
This was also my debut, boxing outside of the gym! The response we received was
absolutely incredible, resulting in a 5 minute standing ovation! From this day, the interest
and support for the development of the sport has continued to grow.
Still on a high from our magical Mexican experience, a few weeks later, we broke history by
taking part in the world's first male v female adaptive boxing showcase bout at an England v
Scotland International Amateur Show, boasting some of Team GB's Olympic hopefuls! This
was streamed live on Fight Night TV and also featured in the Boxing News, reported on by
In February 2020 I successfully completed my England Boxing Level 1 coaching course.
Since then I have had the privilege of teaching adaptive boxers, who travel from as far as
South Wales to Yorkshire for their lessons.
I believe passionately that adaptive boxing is an incredible craft which can be enjoyed by
all. This sport can significantly improve quality of life through functional, transferable skills
that can be used on a day to day basis. The exercises can provide a range of physical
benefits from increased fitness levels, strength and conditioning, to hand-eye coordination,
memory and core stability/mobility. Adaptive Boxing can also be a powerful tool in improving
mental health, confidence and self-esteem. The versatility of the sport also means that it
can be enjoyed at a variety of levels and adapted to suit individual abilities.
In March 2020 life as we all knew it changed dramatically as the world went into lock-down
due to Covid 19. Although we didn’t know it at the time, the pandemic would mean that our
gym doors would close for good. With no access to exercise or human contact in some
cases, immediately I became concerned for the emotional well being of our boxers so
decided to put on some free online adaptive boxing classes. Initially there were just the five
of us but as we began posting about our sessions on social media, the interest began to
grow. Within months, we built up to around 35 active participants and 400 members in our
dedicated Facebook group.
I could never have imagined that from these classes, that we would grow into the
wonderful, inclusive international community of Kronik Warriors we are today.
Our classes had begun to capture the hearts of adaptive athletes from a variety of
wheelchair sports including basketball, rugby, tennis and fencing. In November 2020 I was
approached Caernarfon Celts Wheelchair Basketball Club to deliver an online adaptive
box-fit session for their members. We had a fantastic month of classes and are excited to
be invited to continue this into 2021.
From December 2020, with hope that the UK will ease it’s way back into our new kind of
normal, Kronik Warrior UK announced even more exciting news! We launched our
collaboration with Fearon’s Boxing Academy, Derby to provide 1:1 and group adaptive
The new year has brought even more partnership working. We have now joined forces with
Pembroke & Dock Amateur Boxing Academy and Welsh Amateur Boxing to continue to
develop this adaptive boxing and increase accessibility within disability sport. We have also
now collaborated with ‘Gym Possible’, ‘Quiet Punch’ and ‘Kakana’ to provide online adaptive
boxing coaching internationally.
From a personal perspective, adaptive boxing has been incredibly empowering for me. I feel
both mentally and physically stronger than I have ever been. This sport has enabled me to
take on challenges that I never thought possible. As a coach, the fulfillment I get from
witnessing our boxers develop and grow in strength, determination and confidence is truly
inspiring. My personal goals are to be able to make this sport accessible to all who would like
to take part. To continue to grow our amazing community and to one day, create a world
champion in this amazing, innovative sport.
Para Dance UK
We are working to making dance accessible to anyone who'd like to dance no matter their circumstance. Too often dance is inaccessible whether it's training or physical access, we work with a range of organisations to improve access to dance around the UK.
Para Dance UK is also the national governing body for Para Dance Sport in the UK. Our aim is to develop and promote dance as a sport and an inclusive leisure activity across the country for those who would otherwise be excluded and celebrate that EveryoneCanDance
This section would have the promo video (if you do one)
The panel film
Photos from all sports 🙂