The Matt Hampson Foundation, in conjunction with the CiaO Foundation, is very pleased to announce the presentation of its latest grant to Jamie Stead, a truly inspiring young Paralympic athlete. Both organisations are jointly providing Jamie with a new Rugby Wheelchair to replace his previous chair, which broke whilst competing. The new chair will allow him the opportunity to play and train with the aim of competing in the 2017 European Championships and the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.
Jamie (pictured on the right with the rugby ball) has been wheelchair bound pretty much all of his young, 23 year old, life after a birth related injury left him physically disabled. He admits himself that this challenge has at times left him “in a pretty dark place, unhappy in life and with no motivation.” Though that was before he found Wheelchair Rugby, which gave him a new lease of life and a sense of purpose. “For me, there is no better feeling then putting on that GB jersey and representing my country. Wheelchair rugby has made me the person I am today.”
Even before Wheelchair Rugby, Jamie was a keen sportsman trying out a number of sports before settling on his passion. He holds three gold medals for swimming at National level and was also a talented U19 wheelchair basketball player. It is a talent he now uses at a local, national and international level in wheelchair rugby. He plays for Leicester Tigers Rugby Elite Squad and has competed in both the European Championships in 2014 and the Rio Paralympics last year for the GB Wheelchair Rugby Team.
Foundation CEO Tommy Cawston said “Jamie is a great lad and we are delighted to help him, he’s a fantastic role model and great ambassador for his sport and the Matt Hampson Foundation. It’s great to work with the CiaO Foundation who have very similar values to ourselves and we hope to continue to work together in the future”