Rickshaw Challenge participant Thomas Stamp, has been invited to become a Young Sporting Ambassador for the charity Cerebral Palsy Sport.

Thomas is a T35 athlete, running 100m, 200m and 400m distances. He is a member of South Gloucestershire Athletics Club and is on the British Athletics parallel success pathway. He is a regular participant and medallist at Cerebral Palsy Sport Athletics events and was selected to take part in the BBC Children in Need Rickshaw Challenge 2019.

Thomas has cerebral palsy, autism and ADHD. Throughout his life bullying has been a persistent issue. Thomas was slow to develop as a toddler and over the years has needed a number of operations and regular physiotherapy. He has always been a keen sportsman and playing sport has provided him with an escape from the difficulties in his life.

Thomas has been supported by Cerebral Palsy Sport which receives funding from BBC Children in Need to give young people with cerebral palsy and associated physical impairments the chance to access sports and activities catered to meet their need, provides training opportunities and regular sporting events.

Thomas Stamp - Cerebral Palsy Sport 2Through his involvement with Cerebral Palsy Sport he competed in the CISPRA 2018 World Games where he won silver medals in the 100m and 200m events. Thomas says being involved with the organisation has been life-changing.

During the Rickshaw Challenge in November 2019, Thomas, along with five others and presenter of The One Show Matt Baker travelled from Holyhead to London in a week, finishing at the BBC Elstree Studios during the BBC Children in Need Appeal Show. Thomas was nicknamed ‘The Night Rider’ for enjoying taking on the late shift, and also rode up the steepest street in the world in Harlech, a seaside resort within the Snowdonia National Park. The Rickshaw Challenge alone raised £8.5 million towards the incredible £47,886,382 total of the 2019 Appeal.

Thomas helped spread the word about Cerebral Palsy Sport through his involvement in the Rickshaw Challenge which led to numerous enquiries from young people and parents, and gave the charity a great amount of coverage and built awareness.

Thomas said after the event: “I humbly thank everyone for their support and Cerebral Palsy Sport for nominating me for the Rickshaw Challenge. Thank you to those who came out to support me and the team, in such awful weather! It really helped and made a huge impact on our morale. The challenge has changed our lives for the better. The confidence, independence and friendships made are amazing. But, the most wonderful and amazing moment was the monies we raised. This money will make a huge impact to children’s lives all over the UK.”

Cerebral Palsy Sport are very much looking forward to working with Thomas in his new ambassadorial role. After being invited to become a Young Sporting Ambassador for the charity Thomas said:

“I accepted with great honour the invitation to become a Young Sporting Ambassador for Cerebral Palsy Sport and am looking forward to inspiring generations of children and adults of now and generations to come.”

Young Sporting Ambassadors are young people between the ages of 16 – 25 who have developed themselves through Cerebral Palsy Sport programmes, and as a result have made huge positive changes to their lives. They can use their own sporting journey and personal experiences to positively encourage others, sharing their ups and downs along the way to achieving their own sporting potential.

Find out more at cpsport.org.uk.

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