Shelly Woods Comes to Leeds!


Report by Lisa Moseley (October 2010)


On Sunday 17th October 2010, the Leeds Athletics Network organised a master class for wheelchair racing, in ‘hard glove building’, at the John Charles Centre for Sport. The Athletics Network was also privileged to welcome Great Britain Paralympic Athlete, Shelly Woods. The world record holder in the 1500m T54 wheelchair racing category came to deliver the master class with other wheelchair racers and coaches.


This new style of glove requires a unique expertise in its creation, moulding plastic into the pushing style of the individual athlete, making every pair different to suit individual needs. Shelly came and helped three future Paralympic hopefuls make a pair of gloves each, passing on words of advice, experience and inspiration throughout the day. The gloves are being introduced into the racing world to replace those currently being used by the professional athletes as these gloves provide a more powerful push as well as lasting longer and being cheaper to build.


The master class was organised by the Leeds Athletics Network and supported by Leeds City Council, providing the necessary equipment and guidance. Included as part of the wheelchair racing clinic series that is taking place throughout the winter months, at John Charles Centre for Sport, this was an additional opportunity for the elite  wheelchair athletes which Leeds is currently supporting.


If you would like more information about the wheelchair racing clinics taking part in Leeds over the winter then please do not hesitate to contact Lisa Moseley:


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