Adaptive sports for people with a spinal cord injury at Castle Semple Centre

SIS member in canoe at SIS bbq 2018

Read a blog from David Hill, Senior Instructor at Castle Semple Centre. David discusses specially adapted facilities at Castle Semple to help people with a spinal cord injury try a variety of sporting options.

As long as you have an open mind to try out the various sports on offer at Castle Semple, we should have something that will suit anybody with a spinal cord injury (SCI) and hopefully get you hooked enough to want to carry on that sport into the future.

Hand cycles: we have a wide range of hand cycles in various styles along with equipment to help people access them and enjoy out on the road, cycle path or round a track.

Spinal injury patient on hand bike at SIS BBQ and Activities Day 2019

Sailing boats: that don’t capsize are available with assorted extra equipment that can be added if required to help.

Guests with spinal injuries get the opportunity to try sailing

Canoes and kayaks: that can be stabilised and fitted with adjustable seating along with hand grips for the paddles.

People with spinal injuries in adapted canoes on the water at Castle Semple

Power boats: fully accessible by ramp making it easy for any wheelchair to get on and off the boat.

Attendees of the Spinal Injuries Scotland (SIS) BBQ get to enjoy powerboating

Other facilities at Castle Semple include:

  1. Changing places with fully accessible toilet and changing room with ceiling hoist
  2. Two pontoons with hoisting facilities to aid people getting in and out of boats
  3. Freestanding outdoor hoist for cycling and other activities
  4. Level entry to café and centre.

This summer, we are pleased to be finally welcoming back Spinal Injuries Scotland annual BBQ and Activities Day supported by Digby Brown. 

This is the sixth year this event has taken place giving wheelchair users across Scotland a break from everyday reality and take part in adventure sports, something they may have felt was not possible before the day.