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Adapted Car Hire News Updates: Disability Sport Wales funding boosted past £1m mark

Sport Wales has today (29 August) announced a £20,000 a year boost in funding for Disability Sport Wales (DSW) bringing its total funding past £1m.

DSW’s Chief Executive, Jon Morgan, says the extra funds will further strengthen its coaching programmes, ensuring “future world-class Paralympians from Wales can be identified and nurtured”.

At the 2008 Paralympic Games in Beijing, athletes from Wales made up 16 percent of the ParalympicsGB squad and came home with a quarter of its gold medals, despite being from a country which makes up just five percent of the UK’s population.

Wales’ ten golds, three silvers and one bronze would have put the nation at the top of the medal table on basis of population.

This time round Wales hopes to do even better. It has 38 home grown athletes competing beating the initial target of entering 36 athletes.

Sport Wales Chair, Laura McAllister, said: “Our small nation is a Paralympic powerhouse, make no mistake, and Disability Sport Wales have been the driving force behind the seismic shift in the profile and successes of disability sport in this country.

“We hope that the rich vein of success that we enjoyed at the Beijing Paralympics in 2008 will continue in London and that the tremendous home support can inspire our athletes to perform to their very best.”

Over the past ten years the enormous expansion in disability sport provision in Wales has seen the number of sporting opportunities rise from 1,500 to over one million today.

In other news, Adapted Vehicle Hire has teamed up with national charity Tourism for All to launch a survey about travelling with a disability and to find out how holidays for disabled people could be improved.

I-drive is the new information portal for disabled drivers from Adapted Vehicle Hire. For more on Adapted Vehicle Hire and the specialist wheelchair accessible vehicles, adapted cars and other services it offers, visit the homepage.