|In 2018, ten differently-abled children from Warrior On Wheels Foundation, crossed the finish line of the iconic Cape Town Cycle Tour, towed by able-bodied cyclists in specially manufactured buggies. This year, the NPO has grown its fleet, giving 15 young people ranging from 5 to 27 years old, and with varying disabilities, the experience of a lifetime as they tour the peninsula on Sunday 10 March 2019.
The WOW team will be exhibiting at the Cycle Tour Expo during Lifecycle Week alongside Cape Town Tourism. With new buggies sponsored in 2019 by Cape Nature and Livewire Engineering, and the team jerseys by The Diamond Works, the Warrior On Wheels Foundation aims to promote universal access in tourism and sporting events while giving the gift of adventure to some brave children who wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to participate in an event of this nature.
History of the Buggy Teams
In 2012, Warrior On Wheels co-founder, Deirdré Gower, applied for permission to cycle in the tour with her son, Damian, in a buggy. Permission was denied but after engaging with the organizers, the rules were changed to include a category for buggy teams in 2013, allowing children with disabilities to take part. The number of buggy teams has increased yearly, with the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust going above and beyond to implement measures to ensure inclusion and safety for all.
Speaking at the launch of Warrior On Wheels Foundation in December 2015, Renée Jordaan, the former race director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour said:
“They’re not the warriors on wheelchairs in the Cape Town Cycle Tour; they’re the Warriors on Wheels, just like 35,000 other cyclists.”
Vision of Warrior On Wheels Foundation
Warrior On Wheels Foundation aims to uplift and empower children with disabilities by providing adventure activities, thereby changing perceptions of ability and bridging gaps between able-bodied and differently-abled communities. Through consulting with adventure providers and establishments within the tourism industry, they are forging partnerships that promote accessibility for all abilities.