First-ever adaptive Highland Games gets backing of Scottish mobility start-up

Alex the tank throwing 2 – copyright Paul Gavin Bird

Scottish mobility start-up wheelAIR was a key supporter of what is considered as the UK’s first ever Adaptive Highland Games.

Adaptive events took place at the largest ever Mey Highland and Cultural Games in the very north of Scotland, in John O’Groats on Saturday.

Sixty para-athletes travelled from across the world – some from as far as Australia and America – to compete.

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One athlete was Scottish heavy athletics champion, Alex ‘The Tank’ Armor. Based in the US, Armor travelled to Scotland as part of a group of premier athletes called Uncle Sam’s Highlanders. He used a wheelAIR cooling backrest cushion to keep cool while competing in the event.

He saidL “Being a heavy athletics and strongman competitor, almost all of my events are outdoors, in temperatures up to 105 degrees Fahrenheit, and I have had to battle severe overheating due to my MS and other medical issues.

“This is not so when using the wheelAIR! I was able to focus and compete at the top of my ability throughout the entire day! Truly life and sport-changing!”

The wheelAIR uses inbuilt fan technology to subtly cool the users back and core by taking away excess heat and moisture.

The wheelAIR is designed to help prevent any temperature-related complications and ensure the user can focus maximum energy into their sport.

Armor is also using the wheelAIR to give his performance an edge during the World’s Strongest Disabled Man tournament in Norway later this month.

wheelAIR founder, Corien Staels, said: “Attending the games on Saturday was a fantastic moment for wheelAIR.

“We love to get behind break-throughs for inclusivity and enable as many people as possible to feel their best doing what they love.

“We were proud to stand beside these impressive athletes and organisations who helped make this happen.”

The Mey Games were created to celebrate the late Queen Mother’s 70th birthday. The event continues to be supported by The Royal Family and was attended by Prince Charles.

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