Local community champion Elaine Ball has been proving there are no barriers to achieving what your heart desires, if you have the determination to follow your passion.
Elaine from Stourport, has seen the wheelchair dance group she runs, not only perform in shows but has seen the confidence of the group grow and flourish with members forming friendships and support for each other. Their daily use of wheelchairs has improved and members are more confident going out or accessing other services.
Wheelchair dance sport is governed by WDSA (UK) and their instructors have groups throughout the UK that anyone can access, not only wheelchair users proving it to a fully inclusive activity. Elaine’s class also has the opportunity to belong to the theatre company she also runs together with her daughter Eleanor Mouzer, The Wheely Different Theatre Company.
Cllr Fran Oborski continues the work of her late husband Mike Oborski and champions the No Barriers Award, set up to honour local community champions who push through obstacles to help anyone with a disability enhance and improve by inclusion in community life.
Elaine and Eleanor both received awards this year for work together and with Wheely Different and Elaine for work with Emotions Dance Group, but both wish to state that the awards are for the whole group as their motto is always ‘ Team, together everyone achieves more ‘. However, both are very proud to be recipients and to help promote dance for disability in performance and sport.
Seen here Elaine with Cllr Fran Oborski and dancer Samantha Leake, and Eleanor and Elaine with Cllr Nicky Gale. Claire Cashmore gold medal Paraylmpian from Wyre Forest also presented their certificates after an inspirational speech on her own no barriers journey. 18 awards were given during an amazing evening. Well done to all winners.