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Danny Ewin attended the Cumbria Wheelchair Sports Satellite Club at Mayfield School, Whitehaven after breaking his back which left him disabled from the waist down. Danny had mastered using his wheelchair, but suffering from low self-esteem he was inactive and unfit. Danny heard about the club via a friend and he has never looked back.
Initially Danny struggled joining in with the Wheelchair Basketball sessions at Whitehaven Leisure Centre. Danny said:
"I felt totally out of depth but the welcoming approach of the club and patience of the players meant I stuck at it”
After a few weeks it became apparent he had a talent for the game and went on to play for the first team who recently won the league 1 title.
Danny was then offered to train as a coach, with the help of Active Cumbria coaching bursary Danny trained as a level 2 Wheelchair Basketball coach and now works alongside the lead coach in supporting delivery of the network of satellite clubs across the County. In less than 2 years Danny has gone from being inactive and unfit to playing in a league 1 division and becoming a County-Wide club coach. His enthusiasm for Wheelchair Basketball has helped encourage existing satellite club members to stick with the satellite club and he has attracted new people to the sport by selling the value of Wheelchair Basketball to his friends and the use of social media.
Danny recently won participant of the year at Sport Englands, National Satellite Club of the Year awards. Danny Ewin attended the prestigious awards held at Westminster Palace on the 12th October