The Rivertime

Accessible Regatta

Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre

Wednesday 14th June 2017



The river was brought to life with bell boating, accessible sailing and powerboating, kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding. We were thrilled to welcome over 300 young people with a wide range of disabilities and special needs to try out sports, many of which they could never access before. In the presence of HRH The Princess Royal, who launched the bell boating competition, and a number of Paralympians and Olympians the event brought smiles to everyone’s faces. On the land, participants could try a whole host of indoor and outdoor activities ranging from boccia and wheelchair basketball to cycling, football, rugby and air weapons.

Pupils from over 20 Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire schools were cheered on by Paralympic medallists Anne Dickins MBE, Jeannette Chippington MBE and Naomi Richies MBE and Olympic medallists Dame Katherine Grainger DBE and Steve Williams OBE. Aspiring champions Rob Sargent and Georgia Carmichael also came to show support and help motivate the young people to develop a long-term involvement with accessible sports.

Simon Davis, Rivertime Boat Trust Co-founder and Chairman says: “We are overjoyed by the feedback we have received from the participants of the first Rivertime Accessible Regatta. We have been planning the event for over a year and seeing all the children having such a fantastic time was a crowning achievement for everyone involved, from our kind volunteers to all the partners who helped run the activities. Having so many young people in one place at one time trying out something new filled us with such energy and determination to make next year’s Regatta even bigger and better.”

Dame Katherine Grainger, Olympic Gold medallist and the new Chair of UK Sport says: “It is vital to set up initiatives like this where suddenly young people get the chance to try out various sports they might not have got otherwise and sports should be available to as many people as possible. Visiting the Rivertime Accessible Regatta, I have realised just how many children an event like this can reach and I hope it will continue to grow and go on because I believe that we should do our best to make sports accessible to all.”

Anne Wadsworth, Give Them a Sporting Chance Trustee says: “We are delighted that so many young people took part in this wonderful event. Seeing them having what some described as the best day of their life is exactly what we hoped for. 


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All Ages
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About Give Them a Sporting Chance

Give Them a Sporting Chance offers those with disabilities and carers of all ages an opportunity to turn their sporting and recreational dreams into reality. Recipients are recommended by organisations and, in return for living their dream, are asked to raise funds for another charity of their choice (but not Give Them a Sporting Chance). Over 100 organisations have benefitted from their superb efforts since the charity was founded in 1991. Give Them a Sporting Chance is run entirely by volunteers who believe that everyone can make a difference to someone else’s life and no act of human kindness is ever wasted.

Press Contacts

For press information about the Rivertime Accessible Regatta please contact :-

Firebird Public Relations

Jana Fickerova or Jane Bevan

T: 01235 835297

M: 07977 459547


Downloadable Documents

All Regatta downloadable documents can be found on our downloads page

Other Charities

The Wheelyboat Trust

A registered charity, dedicated to providing mobility impaired people, young and old, with the opportunity and freedom to participate in waterborne activities all over the UK. The Wheelyboat Trust encourages boating venues to become accessible to disabled visitors and helps groups and organisations acquire Wheelyboats for their own use.

Sport England

Previously known as the English Sports Council, Sport England provides services and funding to sport in England.

Sports Able

Sports Able provide sports and activities and facilities to people with disabilities in the UK.

Accessible Boat Club

The Accessible Boat Club specialises in providing access to water sports for those that have a disability and need a specialist boat or need/prefer to access sport in a quiet low volume environment.

Marlow Wheels For All

The Wheels for All initiative is a nationally recognised programme that embraces all children and adults with disabilities and differing needs, to engage in a quality cycling activity. By using specially adapted cycles, the activities are both physically and mentally stimulating and above all fun for everyone involved.

Cycling For All

Cycling For All enables cycling for groups and individuals with disabilities and special needs.

Royal Yachting Association

The Royal Yachting Association is the national body for all forms of boating, including dinghy and yacht racing, motor and sail cruising, RIBs and sports boats, powerboat racing, windsurfing, canal and river boat cruising, and personal watercraft.

Engage Water Sports

Engage Water Sports is and outdoor activity company specialising in watersports including canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddleboarding, sailing, windsurfing, raft building.