Dame Kelly Holmes

kelly biog Dame Kelly Holmes MBE, Double Olympic Champion, Patron of Sportability says,

“I have seen how important sport can be in people’s lives, both as athletes and fans. But the concept of using sport to rebuild a life shattered by paralysis adds another perspective. The work that Sportability does is not only fun, but it helps people to redefine themselves and achieve far beyond the confines of the wheelchair.”

It was more than 15 years ago that Kelly made her first generous gesture to Sportability. A letter supporting the work that we were doing proudly hangs on our office wall. There followed autographed pictures and donations of signed kit for our fund-raising auctions.

Then in July 2001 Kelly agreed to become the charity’s principal patron. As she says “I became involved with Sportability when I was asked to attend an event. I had the opportunity to meet with a lot of people and see how much enjoyment they got from taking part in sport no matter what their disability.” On accepting the patronage of the Charity, Kelly saw it as “a chance to put something back. If my reputation and celebrity can encourage someone to try, then that seems a very positive thing to be able to do. I am really pleased, and honoured, to be invited” 

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Julia Bradbury
Trekking the Fells Julia Bradbury

Trekking the Fells
Julia Bradbury

TV presenter and broadcaster Julia Bradbury endorses the Sportability ethos.

We’re delighted to announce that tv presenter and broadcaster Julia Bradbury has also endorsed the Sportability ethos.

She says: “In many of the challenges that I have undertaken both as a broadcaster and in my private life I have been taken well outside of my comfort zone. In fact it would be true to say that I have at times been terrified.  I therefore can’t imagine how it could be for someone with a disability, and particulary paralysis, to undertake equally challenging pursuits and activities.    

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Trish Deykin
Trish Deykin - Bringing home the World Title

Trish Deykin – Bringing home the World Title

British and World Sprint Triathlon Champion – Trish Deykin

When I was first diagnosed with MS I was told to stop competing in triathlons.  Nine years later and I’m the current British and World Champion in the Sprint Triathlon for my age group, and sixth female in the world overall.

Sport has helped me no end to deal with my diagnosis and disability.  I know it’s a cliche, but it’s good for the mind, body and soul as well as the social aspect.  I always feel better in myself after a training session no matter how short it has been. 

I also try to inspire others as I love the beneficial effect of sport.  It’s better than any prescribed medication!  As I always say ‘something is better than nothing’.

I absolutely love what Sportability stand for.  They offer a vast range of activities to try and you never know you may just get hooked on one of them.  But, enjoyment is the key and the words of the band The Script’s song ‘Hall of Fame’ ring true – and I listened to them before the World Champs “You’re never gonna know if you never even try”.  And look what happened to me !!!

Trish Deykin