Welcome to Sports Officiating From A Powered Wheelchair

It is with deep regret to have to report that John sadly passed away unexpectedly on Sunday evening (8th August). More information will follow, however, the campaign will continue and, hopefully, we will achieve our aim of seeing mobility impaired officials at next year’s Commonwealth Games.

Our Background

The Sports Officiating from a Powered Wheelchair (SOPW) project is a 12 month campaign run by John McIntear to promote the use of powered wheelchairs in officiating in sports.

John is a service veteran of the Royal Navy and is registered disabled and requires the use of a wheelchair as he is unable to stand or walk for any prolonged periods of time. John is an avid cricket fan and has always shown a keen interest in umpiring. Since becoming disabled he has been prevented from following this passion and so, through charitable assistance (including the Royal British Legion) has been able to obtain a modified powered wheelchair; adapted to his specific needs to enable him to continue umpiring at local cricket matches.

This has led John to enquire further as to how unique his own situation was and whether it would be possible to expand this to support other mobility impaired individuals who would be interested in following their own sports officiating goals.

Our Objective

The purpose of this project is to identify one or more national organisations who are prepared to support the objectives of the campaign and to hand over the administration of the project to an organisation prepared to take this on; on an ongoing basis.

Click this image to view the Shropshire Star report when John received his new powered wheelchair (opens in new window)

Shropshire Star report: new chair for John

This is a video for the launch of our campaign produced by Telford College (opens in a new window)

This is a video created by Telford College which explains Johns campaign

If you are an organisation interested in participating or an individual with an interest in officiating sports and are currently hampered by mobility issues or just want to find out more, contact us on:

Email: admin@sopw.org

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