The World Championship in English Draughts began in 1840 and while not quite that old, the National Indoor Games emerged from the original Stoke Mandeville event and still enables people who had Polio and now live with Post Polio Syndrome (PPS) to compete in sports and games today, no matter what their disability. Qualifiers from regional heats, join over 200 competitors from across the UK to compete for individual and team success. Thanks to the consistency of Andy Gilliland and others, the North West Region has reigned supreme for the last three years in Leicester – can it make a fantastic four in 2019?
“It was good to see my colleague and fellow Trustee Andy win again,” said National Chairman of The British Polio Fellowship, David Mitchell. “Given he has won the last four years on the trot, it wasn’t a complete surprise, but it’s a stunning record coming close to rivalling David Howells in the Darts. The North West were 16 points clear of nearest rivals Yorkshire this year, but everyone will want to redouble their efforts when the charity marks its 80 year anniversary in 2019.”
Andy has been a member of The British Polio Fellowship for 57 years and is a well respected figure in the Merseyside Branch and the North West Region generally. He contacted Polio when four years old and wears a full length calliper on his right leg.
To find out more about The British Polio Fellowship and to learn about the late effects of Polio and Post Polio Syndrome visit www.britishpolio.org.uk