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A national consumer show which will offer disabled visitors the opportunity to get involved in a wide range of activities is to be staged.

Beyond Boundaries Live, the first event of its kind in the UK, will take place at Sandown Park in Esher, Surrey, on June 29 and 30. Entrance and parking will be free.

Visitors will be able to attend a series of seminars, featuring Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE, Olympian Ade Adepitan MBE, the face of the BBC wheelchair dancing trailer, X factor finalist Kerry McGregor and Stuart Boreham, the first disabled person to row across any ocean unassisted.

Jim Bonney, the Royal Marines only ‘operationally deployable’ amputee and Colin Javens, whose ‘Drive Home’ quest saw him use a tiny movement in his wrist to drive from Stoke Mandeville hospital to Cape Town will also be speaking.

Dame Tanni commented “I’m delighted to see Beyond Boundaries Live taking place. It’s time for a show that’s a bit more edgy. An event that shows people how they can get involved in sport, go on exciting holidays, and live life to the full”.

Visitors will be able to learn to play basketball with members of the GB Wheelchair Basketball Team, try wheelchair rock climbing or learn how to cast off with British Disabled Angling at the interactive sports demonstration area.

In addition there will be an opportunity to test drive cars, hand cycles and specially designed motorbikes.

The show will also focus on work, mobility, holidays, the arts and relationships.

Beyond Boundaries Live will showcase a wide range of suppliers to the disability sector who will be exhibiting a wide range of products and services, from wheelchairs to specialist holidays.

Event organiser Rob Sherwood said: “ Central to the show is a ‘can do’ attitude, and not viewing disability as inability.

“ Visitors will be able to participate in some fantastic activities and also hear some inspiring speakers.”

For more information and to register for free tickets, please visit http://www.beyondboundarieslive.co.uk or telephone 0208 614 0833.

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Already booked my tickets and the time off work.

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Yep I booked tickets a couple of weeks ago and have now had an email asking me to fill in another form to get my entrance badge in advance.

Sue

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If all goes to plan I should be there both days.

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Planning on Friday as it should be quieter, then I can pop back on the Saturday if I need to see anything again :)

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I'm not sure if I can come yet, got the ticket but can't now come Saturday which is what I planning so am working on trying to get there Friday... may bump into one or two of you...

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I'm not sure if I can come yet, got the ticket but can't now come Saturday which is what I planning so am working on trying to get there Friday... may bump into one or two of you...

Hope you can make it, you're one people I did want to meet.

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I'll be heading off about 9.

Just looked and I don't have a single picture of myself 8)

6.2, hair in a ponytail wearing scruffy blue jeans and white trainers.......give me a poke if you see me :)

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I looked out for a 6'2" bloke with a ponytail... sorry to say I didn't find you Rikk :(

Mark, it was really great to meet you and Alison... hope it's not too long until we do it again, although I hope the tea tastes better next time ;) .

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I looked out for a 6'2" bloke with a ponytail... sorry to say I didn't find you Rikk :(

Mark, it was really great to meet you and Alison... hope it's not too long until we do it again, although I hope the tea tastes better next time ;) .

Ian, I have to agree, 6'2" ponytailed blokes were a bit thin on the ground today. It was really nice to meet you as well, a mud puddle would taste like nectar compared to the tea we had to drink. :angry:

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Only stayed for about 3-4 hours and that included the 12 presentation from Captain Jim. Overall I thought it was pretty good and the only place I've ever found wheelchair jams 8)

Had a great chat with Jim and his prothetist about mountainbiking and integrating a ligament support brace into the socket to help stabalise the knee/socket for a short stump and I've sent them a list of the things I use to help me biking as they'd not seen or heard of any of them.

Some of the stands where a little strange like the Ki massage one, where for 25 quid you could try it out....hmm how about a free first go to see what it's like then stripe me up??

Also the bling my wheelchair stand, I mean come on we all like to express ourselves but neons and led hubs lights for wheelchairs what are they for, disabled chavs????????????

Had to laugh at the booth for disabled extra's/stuntmen for film and tv it was there catch phrase, I think it was "Our loss is your gain" couldn't help but laugh out loud 8)

The best bit for me was the presentation by Captain Jim, he had a great sense of humour and a lot of the stuff he talked about made me look again at myself and what I've achieved, very impressive man.

Had to laugh at one of the outside sections where all the accesible vehicle where as it was on a pretty damn steep slope and with the rain would have been a real obstical for a lot of people there. I had intended having a go at the rock climbing but everytime I looked outside it was pissing down so didn't bother in the end.

The only thing I found wrong was the basketball, everytime I looked in it 3-4 deep with kids in wheelchairs having a couple of balls passed to them randomly to have a shot at the basket. Would of been much better to bring in a couple at a time for 30 seconds of shooting then move to the next ones. As it was I found it a very sad sight to look at, as I think did the players there handing out the balls as they just didn't look happy.

I think for next time I'd like to see a lot more general disablity stuff and also more thing for non wheelchair people to try out, perhaps a very short offroad course, some normal bikes a couple with adult stabilizers so people can try riding a bike. Some outdoors pursuit idea's like geocaching. Also from the amputee side I'd like to see more things for us socks/liners/socket types, sports legs/sockets, skin care products, products to help control sweat. A section from the paralympic comitee (I assume there is one)

And lastly with the name of the show why wasn't the BBC there with a booth selling dvd's of the shows which I've missed every damn time and a couple of people there who where in it.

oooh facilities...very good, loo's where clean, parking fine and the latte and pastry I had was pretty good.

What did others think?

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Blimey! I'd never thought of analysing it to that degree!

I missed the Jim Bonney talk as someone who I can now call a friend and his lovely wife turned up and we went for coffee... then for some reason I went for the tea and wished I hadn't...

We could have sat and talked all day...

I thought the llife seminars were good though. Even caught a bit of the girl off X factor. I didn't think I'd enjoy that and sure enough it wasn't that interesting, though I'm sure it was for a lot of other people.

The Motorsport Endeavour talk was quite interesting, even though there was only about half a dozen of us in there for that one. Trevor Bayliss (wind up radio bloke) turned up and talked briefly as the Patron.

I hough it was professionally run and it was pretty relaxed, quite informal and it was good that you could just talk to Ade Adepitan, Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson etc... they were there for the day rather than just popping in to show their face and pick up their fee as is so often the case these days with well known people.

It was good to see Eddie Kidd with a big grin on his face every time I saw him.

I agree with you Rikk that it would be nice if there were more for the amputee their. I think the target audience is a bit confused. It's difficult to merge the needs of wheelchair users and relatively able amputees, but I think they did well for a first attempt.

As for the venue, the guy responsiblefor the event spoke to me at the feedback station on the way out and did mention there were some issues and 'challenges' with the hills and slopes, but I think people pretty much did OK, and there were plenty of staff around to help, as well as others that understood people's problems.

One funny thing I saw was an able odied girl, the girlfriend of an amputee, trying the basketball challenge... she couldn't compete because she couldn't control the wheelchair, with a ball in her hand she either went left or right, but she couldn't go straight... it was good to see the tables turned :D .

I thought seeing loads of recumbants, handcycles, motorised wheelchairs and buggies etc charging round everywhere inside as well as outside well a great laugh, like you say Rikk.... traffic jams inside! and best of all, with no health and safety police in attendance!

I'd go next year... best bit? Meeting a couple of new friends... a Pompey lad too... that's a bonus!

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I have to agree with most of what has been said. I did brave the slopes and went and had a look at the hand peddle bikes as they had a test track you could use to have a go yourself, unfortunately the rep was more interested in playing on them himself than talking to me. Ian, meeting you made my day, Rikk, sorry I missed you.

I did enjoy my day there, learnt a lot and would go again. Wonder were Rikk found the Latte and sticky bun?

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