British Wheelchair Basketball has announced that Steve Spilka has been awarded the highest accolade in British Wheelchair Basketball for his services to the sport.
Steve was introduced to Wheelchair Basketball aged 35, following a serious accident at work, in which he fell through a roof due to the scaffolding being incorrectly set up by the main contractor. His physio suggested that the sport would be good for his rehabilitation but Steve admitted that at first he wasn’t keen. However, what began as a practical need to improve his mobility soon turned into a passion that stayed with him for many years to come.
At the launch of the awards, supported by the Richard Langhorn Trust, Steve was acknowledged as one of the greatest drivers within the sport today, responsible for the growth and success of Wheelchair Basketball across the UK. He currently sits on the board of British Wheelchair Basketball and is a member of the World Class Programme funding investment programme, as well as chairman of the League sub-committee. He also continues to support his local club Hereward Heat.
Charlie Bethel, CEO of British Wheelchair Basketball said:
“The Richard Langhorn Trust Award for service to wheelchair basketball could only have gone to one person this year. Steve was instrumental in the establishment of the British Wheelchair office, securing lottery funding for the men’s programme in 1997 and has shaped the modern governance of the sport. He has also served and modernised the International Federation using his knowledge, commitment and devotion to Wheelchair Basketball to inspire many.”
Steve Spilka, said:
“It is very overwhelming to have received this award and a tremendous honour. Wheelchair Basketball is such a fantastic sport and has played such an important part of my life and I feel passionate about bringing the sport to as many people as possible. I have always tried to look beyond numbers, targets and participation statistics, to remember the people we help day in day out, young and old, who get so much joy from playing Wheelchair Basketball.”
In the past 12 months, Spilka has also received the International Wheelchair Basketball Federations (IWBF) Gold Medal Triad award for his outstanding contribution to the growth of wheelchair basketball an international level.
For more information about British Wheelchair Basketball please visit www.britishwheelchairbasketball.co.uk