K2 Funding has secured its first corporate sponsorship deal with 2012 UK wheelchair fencing champion Matthew Campbell-Hill, in a bid to get him to the Rio Paralympics in 2016.
The specialist grant funding consultancy’s support enables the 2012 national champion of wheelchair Sabre and twice World Cup medallist to continue competing on the international circuit and training with world-class fencing coaches Kenichi Yamamoto, Jon Salfield and Balazs Kuruzs.
Matthew, a 35-year-old new father from Truro, is one of the world’s top 30 competitors in wheelchair Sabre and Epee. He became determined to continue with his passion for sport after a rugby injury and car crash left him with a broken neck and severe problems with his spine in 2011.
He said: “Thanks to K2 Funding, I am a stage closer to becoming Paralympic World Champion. I had completed three years of competitions and intense training at Truro Fencing Club before sport funding cuts left me struggling to find the means to realise my dream. I needed to find a sponsor to get me through the first qualifying months and K2 Funding stepped in to help at just the right time.”
Kate McCavana, Director of K2 Funding, said: “K2 Funding’s mission is to help businesses and communities overcome the challenges they face to secure grant funding. I have been inspired and humbled by Matthew’s story. He is a very driven and talented sportsman and I believe he should be given the chance to achieve his Paralympic dream. It’s hugely exciting to be playing a part in his success and I feel privileged to be supporting such an inspirational young man.”
Matthew is due to compete in wheelchair Sabre and Epee for Great Britain this autumn in Warsaw, Poland, against over 20 countries. If successful, he will go on to the next round of Paralympic qualifying matches in Hungary later this year.