Three Foundation beneficiaries are headed to Tokyo to compete in Team GB wheelchair rugby next week.
Gavin Walker, Nic Cummins and Jamie Stead will all be competing for Team GB after overcoming life-changing injuries and conditions to become professional athletes.
All three are current and former beneficiaries of the Foundation which has close links with Leicester Tigers rugby club and who have helped support many people to follow their sporting dreams.
Gavin, a former fireman, was supported by the Foundation during lockdown when he wasn’t able to access a gym to continue his training. The Foundation provided him with a specialist Ski-Erg maching which enabled him to continue his training and he credits the Foundation for getting him paralympics ready.
Nic is a long-term beneficiary of the Foundation and trains regularly in the gym at The Get Busy Living Centre. After narrowly missing out on selection for the Rio games he's headed to Tokyo to make his Paralympic debut.
Jamie has cerebral palsy and came to the Foundation for help accessing a wheelchair rugby chair in 2017. With the Foundation provong Jamie with the equipment he needed to compete, he’s gone from strength to strength and competed at the Rio paralympics in 2016.
Hot on their heels are three more recently injured beneficiaries who have big plans for the next paralympics in Paris:
Sophie Wilson is currently on the pararowing pathway after breaking her neck diving into a swimming pool. Read more here: www.matthampsonfoundation.org/beneficiaries/sophie-wilson/
Ben Pearson is on the para athletics pathway. Ben is a former rugby player that had his leg amputated after breaking it. Read more here:www.matthampsonfoundation.org/beneficiaries/ben-pearson/
Jacob Pritchard is a former jump jockey that is getting into para table tennis having enjoyed the sport when he was younger. More about him here:twitter.com/Jacobwebb9622
We’re wishing all of our beneficiaries the best of luck and we’ll be glued to our screens as they compete - Go Team Hambo!