A New Year has begun and the new calendar is kicking into business. Sports events, exhibitions and other special occasions are hurtling into view. We’ve picked out six events of interest for 2019. Enjoy!
1. World Wheelchair Curling Championship
When: 3 – 10 March 2019
Where: Stirling, Scotland
Stirling will host the World Wheelchair Curling Championship in March with Scotland among 12 teams taking part. Current champions Norway and top-ranked China will also feature alongside newcomers Latvia and Estonia.
When: 26 – 27 March 2019
Where: NEC, Birmingham, England
Marketed as ‘Europe’s largest and most established disability, independent living and rehabilitation exhibition’ Naidex returns to the NEC in March. Over 15, 000 people are expected to attend bringing traders, consumers and health professionals together under one roof.
3. Armed Forces Day
When: 29 June 2019
Where: Salisbury, England
Salisbury will be the official host for Armed Forces Day 2019 but events will be taking place all over the UK as the nation comes together to show their support for serving members of the armed forces, veterans, reservists, cadets and families.
When: 11 – 14 July 2019
Where: All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Wimbledon, London, England
Great Britain will be hoping for more success after Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid defended their wheelchair doubles title in 2018. The big news for 2019 is that Quad Wheelchair Singles and Doubles events will also be staged at Wimbledon, following on from the Australian and US Opens.
5. Disability Awareness Day
When: 14 July 2019
Where: Walton Hall Gardens, Warrington, Cheshire, England
The ‘world’s largest, ‘not for profit’, voluntary-led disability exhibition’ will take place on Sunday 14th July 2019. Organisers expect over 250 exhibitors to take part, ‘promoting independent living and the theme of a ‘can-do’ culture’ as part of a fun family day out.
6. World Para-athletics World Championships
When: 7 – 15 November 2019
Where: Dubai, UAE
Hundreds of athletes are expected to take part at the World Championships in November, held in the UAE for the first time. Globaleather will be paying particular interest as some athletes from Stockport Wheelchair Racing, who have been testing gloves for us, are hoping to be there.