Jamie taking part in a wheelchair rugby match
Jamie pictured on the right - with the ball

New Rugby Wheelchair for Inspiring Paralympic Athlete.

The CiaO Foundation, in conjunction with the Matt Hampson Foundation, is very pleased to announce the presentation of its latest Primrose Award 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. 

His application for an award came with much support and high recommendations that there was no hesitation by CiaO to combine forces with the Matt Hampson Foundation. CiaO founding Chairman Geoffrey Barber and Andy Hogge (CiaO Vice Chairman) together with Matt Hampson of the Matt Hampson Foundation joined Jamie at one of his training sessions with Team GB at Stoke Mandeville. There Geoffrey presented the Primrose Award to Jamie.

 Jamie receives his Primrose Award

“My sincere thanks to CiaO and The Matt Hampson Trust for providing this wheelchair which enables me to compete at the highest level for Team GB.  As we have lost our team funding from the UK Government this help has even more significance”

Jamie 

"Jamie has shown his determination to compete at the highest level and is an inspiration to all in the way he has dealt with the challenges in his life.  We are very pleased to support him together with The Matt Hampson Trust"

Andy Hogge – Vice Chairman, CiaO Foundation

 

About the Matt Hampson Foundation 

“Get Busy Living” is the great and exhilarating quote and ethos that fuels the brilliant Matt Hampson Foundation. Matt Hampson, or “Hambo” as his friends call him, suffered a serious injury at a U21 England rugby training session in 2005. It left him Paralysed from the neck down and breathing via the aid of a ventilator. Though unwavering in his determination, he decided to set up the Foundation which helps others who have gone through similar tragic injuries through sport find support and assistance. We, at the CiaO Foundation, are truly honoured to combine with such a wonderful and inspirational organisation as the Matt Hampson Foundation. We hope we can work together again in the shared effort of showing and helping people see that “Challenge is an Opportunity” and encourage them to “Get Busy Living.”