Move More Jersey and the Government of Jersey are partnering with the UK Superhero Series in a Disney Marvel inspired event to bring the latest Find Your Power Challenge to Jersey! In support of the Government’s Disability Strategy, Superheroes of all ages across the island can take part in the challenge, free of charge, from 29 May to 5 June 2021.
Following the previous ‘At Home Winter Wonderwheels’ event and the ‘At Home Superhero Challenge’ held last summer, Move More Jersey and the Government of Jersey are inviting anyone who would consider themselves to have a disability and their friends and family, to join in this ultra-flexible challenge to find their own power. Partnered with Marvels’ #FindYourPower campaign, this event showcases the everyday Superhero powers we all hold within and inspire confidence within the next generation. The event will see approx. 3,000 ‘Superheroes’ worldwide take part in a virtual ‘race to the Avengers tower and back’ covering a total distance of 50,000km, and Move More Jersey has 500 free spaces on offer to islanders who wish to take part.
Sophia Warner, Founder of the Superhero Series said, “Following the tremendous response to the ‘At Home’ Superhero events last year in Jersey, we’re super excited to partner again with Move More Jersey and to have the Government of Jersey’s support to enable even more islanders to take part in this Superhero Series Find Your Power Challenge. Jersey is a unique place, and we hope that this challenge will showcase the opportunities available in the island. We look forward to seeing the largest contingency of disabled islanders taking part in what is set to be a brilliant, empowering and fun event.”
Participants are given the freedom to set their own tracked challenge and can use any type of ‘gadget or gismo’, from powerchairs and adaptive bikes, to kayaks and rollerblades to achieve their mission. To ensure the challenge is totally accessible, they can also choose from a range of sensory challenges – such as popping bubbles and fun food tasting tests, or superheroes can invent their own challenge. Each sensory achievement is simply converted into kilometres towards their mission. During the challenge week, Move More Jersey will provide a programme of accessible events for islanders to take part in including walks, cycling at their Cycle Without Limits centre and multisport activity sessions. They would welcome hearing from any other groups in the island who may also wish to partner with them, to provide opportunities for islanders to try activities they may not otherwise have access to.
Cirsty de Gruchy, Head of Move More Jersey explained, “In Jersey, there are 14,000 islanders living with a disability and two thirds of all households are estimated to have at least one person with a functional impairment. Having competed in the Superhero Series triathlon at Dorney Lake with my son over the past few years, it has been a personal vision to see similar events in Jersey to make a difference to the lives of those islanders living with a disability.
Following the success of the At Home Superhero Series events last year, Move More Jersey are excited to have been given the opportunity by Superheroes Series UK to partner in this event, which has been further strengthened by the support from the Government of Jersey. It has enabled us to bring a fully inclusive high calibre event to the local community on a scale the island has never seen before, which we hope will be an incentive to get more islanders active and kickstart new sporting passions. We believe everyone has their own unique powers and cannot wait to see what those islanders taking part achieve.”
Everyone who signs up to take part in the challenge will receive a Super Race Pack containing a Marvel ‘Find Your Power’ medal, T-shirt and finish line tape to celebrate that all-important finishing moment!
Minister for Social Security, Deputy Judy Martin said, “As we continue to deliver the Disability Strategy, it is important that disabled islanders feel included and are not discriminated against, and this is a brilliant initiative to help those islanders become more active in their lives.
This year has been incredibly difficult for many, and I’d like to encourage all disabled islanders to ‘find their power’ and kickstart their sporting passions.”
To find out more about the Find Your Power Challenge and to register to take part, please visit: www.movemore.je/find-your-power-challenge
For any organisations wishing to get involved either by putting a group together to take part or to organise activities for islanders as part of this challenge, please contact Cirsty de Gruchy at: [email protected]
Move More Jersey would love to see photos from Superheroes talking part in the challenge, so please share your pictures or videos on social media using #MoveMoreJersey and #FindYourPower