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Taking a break from powerchair football

I didn't go to powerchair football practice yesterday. I have been going every Saturday for a few weeks now, but after last week's session and the one before, I found my right shoulder hurting like a sonofabitch. I didn't realise what caused it at first, thinking I might have been sleeping in the wrong position, but it didn't take much to connect the two. I razzed down to the leisure centre in Woolwich where they practice anyway, just to let the guys know what was up; they suggested I rested up for a week or so, and then just do a little bit of practice next time. I wouldn't ordinarily complain, but the pain last Sunday was quite, quite excruciating.

It's a shame, because powerchair football really is quite awesome. I've been looking into it, trying to get a film about it off the ground, and the more I look the cooler it seems. On top of the simple fact that whizzing around in specially-adapted, ultra-powerful powerchairs is seriously fun (trust me, it's incredible), I have a new sport and social phenomenon to explore, one still relatively in it's infancy, but one with the potential to one day be quite huge. Founded in france in the late seventies, the sport's organising body, FIPFA, is currently in the process of getting it incorporated into the paralympics. If you ask me, it's only a matter of time before it succeeds: while some pedants might argue that it doesn't require much in terms of physical exertion, the skill needed to control those chairs properly is considerable. Trust me, it's harder than it looks, so it easily ranks alongside any other olympic or paralynmpic sport. Thus I have a relatively undocumented sport to make a film about, one still by and large on the fringes but with the potential to come centre stage. I might not be very good at it, and my shoulder might object to the chairs they use, but I can't wait to get into this great new game, both as a player and film-maker.


[Edited 05/11/2017 at 15:52:47 - addad a bit]

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