Ghana has acquired its first racing chair for female athletes, for specialised sporting disciplines.
The acquisition of the specialised equipment was made through a donation of funds by GCB Bank Limited, in response to an appeal from the Go-Get-Them Racing Club.
The Club is made up of a dedicated group of individuals working to improve the lives of disabled persons, especially the disabled youth in rural areas – using sport as a tool to create opportunities that will empower them to live fulfilling lives.
The chair, constructed from aluminum, titanium, carbon-fibre and other alloys, is fully customised to individual requirements and a range of options for the user.
It is built according to the athletes’ body dimensions with bridges, front and rear wheels, axle tube running perpendicular to the main tube into which the rear wheels attach, and a headset and steering which allow the athletes to maneuver the wheel and other features; the chair enhances athletes’ performance.
According to Chairman of the Club Raphael Botsyo Nkegbe, the chair will be used by Ayishetu Seidu – an athlete – to compete at the international level. She is currently preparing to participate in the 2018 Desert Challenge Games in the USA.
He said through the financial assistance of GCB Bank Ltd., perceptions about persons living with disabilities have changed significantly.
“The Club will forever remain grateful to GCB Bank,” Mr. Nkegbe said.
Members have won several medals and awards in sporting activities across the world. The bank has consistently extended financial support for sporting activities in the country.