Ali Jawad - Avantgarde Wheelchair

Paralympic Powerlifter, Ali Jawad, Benefits From One Of The Worlds Lightest Folding Wheelchairs

Paralympic powerlifter, Ali Jawad, received his first Ottobock wheelchair in December 2020 after finding his previous chair too big for him due to his body shape changing since suffering from Crohn’s Disease.

When searching for a new chair Ali knew of Ottobock due to their long standing partnership with the Paralympics. He also knew he wanted a folding chair that was a good fit for him and that looked good on the platform when he is competing. So he went to Bromakin Wheelchairs and asked about the Ottobock Avantgarde manual wheelchair. Not only are they local to him but over the years he has always found them to be really helpful, “Rob is amazing” Ali explains.

The Ottobock Avantgarde manual wheelchair is one of the lightest folding wheelchairs in the world, weighing as little as 8.7kg thanks to its aluminium tube frames. It offers active wheelchair users numerous options from push handles, caster wheels and is available in a large range of colours to match any personality. Now in its fourth generation the wheelchair is also compact, has an extremely small folding size and is crash tested.

A few weeks after having his assessment with Bromakin, Ali received his chair, “I looked in the mirror and thought this looks really good.” He describes the first time he tried it, “I felt so mobile, I wasn’t used to it, I was so quick.” The fit of a wheelchair chair is critical, when it fits perfectly it makes pushing more energy efficient and covering longer distances is less tiring, this is even more important when you are training for the Paralympics.

Ali uses his chair for the majority of the time, whether at home (particularly when cooking as it is the perfect height), going to the shops and also at the gym. He would definitely recommend the chair for users with an active lifestyle; it is robust and is made to a high quality.

Despite being a powerlifter, Ali can still tell the difference with his new lighter chair, especially when putting it in the car and getting up close to things. The main advantages of having a lighter chair is when doing long pushes, “it allows me to be more mobile and free”. For Ali it is very important to him that the chair folds through the middle so he can simply fold the chair and put it straight in the back of the car and not have to worry about taking the wheels off. Ali also explains that nearly as important as getting the perfect chair is also having a comfortable, durable cushion which doesn’t give you sores.

Ali is looking forward to taking his Avantgarde to the Paralympics, knowing the chair is durable and robust and will withstand all of the traveling and the amount of distance it will need to do around the Paralympic village.

“For me it has been the perfect fit, it has changed my life for the better,” describes Ali.

We wish Ali Jawad good luck in his Paralympic journeys and look forward to seeing his bright blue Avantgarde on the podium!

Avantgarde DS - One of the lightest folding wheelchairs in the world

Now in its fourth generation we’ve made the Avantgarde considerably lighter.

In addition to its low weight, the Avantgarde DS stands out for its extremely small folding size. At the same time, it offers active wheelchair users numerous options. With its compact design and integrated leg supports, the Avantgarde DS has the lowest net weight from 8.7kg in the Avantgarde series.

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