Children who use wheelchairs have few opportunities to play sport with their able-bodied peers and siblings. This appreciative, qualitative study explored the experiences of children, families and stakeholders at a wheelchair sports club. Participant observation, research activities, focus groups and interviews were used. Sixty-three people participated (37 children, 14 stakeholders, 10 parents, two older siblings). Thematic analysis identified one unifying theme (realising potential) and four main themes: invisibility of disability; ambivalence and attraction of the chair; fun and fellowship; and thrills and skills. The Cheetahs created opportunities for meaningful participation in wheelchair sports for children with and without disabilities.
Carter, B., Grey, J., McWilliams, E., & Clair, Z. (2014). ‘Just kids playing sport (in a chair)’: experiences of children, families and stakeholders attending a wheelchair sports club. Disability and Society, 29(6), 938-952. https://doi.org/10.1080/09687599.2014.880329