3 Dec 2014

World record aim for wheelchair group

8:33 pm on 3 December 2014

About 250 people made their way around Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium in wheelchairs today but they will have to wait two months before finding out if they have broken a world record.

The group took to the to the athletic track hope to smash a Guinness World Record for the longest moving line of wheelchairs to celebrate the United Nations' International Day for Persons with Disabilities.

The record is currently held by participants in an event in July 2010 organised by the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

That event attracted 193 participants and which marked the passing of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.

But the New Zealand group hope their own super-human attempt, which notched up 247 people, will be officially recognised.

Their bid for the record under Auckland's beating sun was organised by the Youth Engagement Group (YEG) of The Cube, which works to support and empower people with disabilities.

A similar attempt last year in Wynyard Quarter failed because they couldn't muster the amount of people needed.

The line-up of participants trying to break the record for the longest moving line of wheelchairs.

The line-up of participants trying to break the record for the longest moving line of wheelchairs. Photo: RNZ / Kim Baker-Wilson

Youth group chairperson Joshua Fuimaono said the world record attempt was designed to show how motivated people with disabilities were.

"It's about showcasing the fact that no matter what ability you have, you still have the ability for greatness."

Small pockets of the disabled community were recognised and acknowledged but many people fell under the radar, he said.

"We want to show what people with disabilities can offer their communities, families and workplaces."

Organisers will submit videos, witness statements and other details to the Guinness World Records hoping to officially become the new record holders.

They say it will be eight weeks before they hear back.

Statistics New Zealand's Disability Survey identified 1.1 million people as disabled, with 27 percent of adults affected by their impairments on a daily basis.

Wheelchair spokes

Photo: RNZ / Kim Baker-Wilson