Evening Express

#naeexcuses not to exercise

Teenager Jay Moir said taking part in wheelchair basketball had helped him.

A North-east leisure trust has launched the next phase of its campaign to get people to exercise.

Sport Aberdeen aims to tackle misconceptions of sport and physical activity to encourage exercise.

Billboards championing Sport Aberdeen’s #naeexcuses message are in place across the city telling the stories of real Aberdonians whose lives have been changed by sport.

The campaign aims to break down barriers to participation in physical activity by sharing stories from athlete ambassadors to athletes representing less conventional sports such as dodgeball and roller derby.

Athlete Jay Moir, from Torry, has cerebral palsy which severely limits the movements in his legs.

The 16-year-old took up wheelchair basketball over two years ago.

He said: “I attended my first wheelchair basketball session in June 2014. Having never played basketball before in my life, I was very nervous and quite apprehensive and questioning whether I really wanted to take part or not.

“This year I am on the brink of having played two years in the sport I now officially love.

“After receiving the most improved player award 2015, wheelchair basketball has given me so much confidence and allows me to acknowledge I am part of a team.

“Grampian Flyers Wheelchair Basketball Club won their first piece of silverware in the 2016 Grampian Cup finals.

“This has made me very proud as I’d never really had that real feeling of winning something before. I look forward to training days every week as I just can’t get enough of the sport.”

Sport Aberdeen will host a roadshow in the Bon Accord Centre tomorrow to encourage people to take a free health check.

A Sport Aberdeen spokesman said: “The stories of Jill, Jay, Anthony and Anita – some of our #naeexcuses ambassadors – make clear that regardless of your age, ability or background, there are opportunities for everyone.”