Double Primrose Award Presentation to Two Aspiring Young Athletes

The sporting aspirations of two Great British athletes have been advanced with our latest Primrose Award presentations. In conjunction with Sports Aid, the CiaO Foundation presented Awards to wheelchair racer Nathan Blackie and para-cyclist David Murphy. Foundation Chairman, Geoffrey Barber and Vice-chairman, Andrew Hogge met the young sportsmen at the very fitting location of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, by the ArcelorMittal Orbit to make the presentation.

To meet their specific challenges, both organisations jointly provided specialist equipment in the form of a new racing wheelchair for Nathan and a time trial bike for David. This will provide them both with the opportunity to train and compete with the intent of qualifying for the Tokyo Paralympics 2020. 

19 year old Nathan, was diagnosed with Diaplegic Cerbral Palsy when he was 9 moths old. Though it is a challenge he has definitely not let stop him. Fitting in around his full time studies for a BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport, he currently trains 6 times a week as he works hard to represent his country in international athletics. Sport has definitely had an impact for Nathan, providing opportunities and a real focus in his life. Initially playing football for AFC Bournemouth Ability Counts, he was inspired to try wheelchair racing in 2010 which led to five gold medals for Scotland at the Cerebral Palsy Games in 2015. 

Nathan represents Great Britain and Scotland, competing in the T34 classification of 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m races. His new chair, from CiaO and Sports Aid, will greatly help in his track and road training, as he aims to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Also 19 years old, David has Talipes Equinovarus in his left foot with calf muscle atrophy. When he was young, David's passion for cycling started though, initially, his ability may not have readily equalled it. “I originally learnt to ride a bike when I was 12,  though it took me ages as from about seven I was trying and wasn’t getting it.” His persistence and commitment, even at a young age, paid off, giving him a sense of excitement and freedom of getting out the house, which he loved. Now, that commitment can be fully seen in numbers as British Cycling estimates that David trains for 700 hours a year covering 12,000km. 

That, continued, level of training can be met and even advanced by the new para-cycling equipment provided by the CiaO Foundation and SportsAid. It will enable him to train and compete with a good prospect for medals at the National Para-cycling Championships and the hope of also qualifying for the Tokyo Paralympics. Beyond that, David is also keen on taking on the challenge of the Tour de France. “There’s never been a C5 para-cyclist that has ridden in the Tour de France so it would be cool if I could make it there too. I do think it’s possible. We’ll have to see what difference the equipment can make to my performances!”

It has been an honour to pair up with Sports Aid and help these two exemplary young men with the equipment that will help them in their amazing and exciting challenges ahead.  

"We are incredibly proud to be supporting both Nathan and David and were very impressed by these two highly motivated young men,” said Andrew. “They are hugely focused in their determination to succeed in their respective sports at the highest level and with the help of their very supportive parents, together with SportsAid and now CiaO, we hope they are well placed to achieve their aims."

Andrew Hogge – Vice Chairman, CiaO Foundation

 David & Nathan receive their Primrose Award

“My new chair will make a real difference. It will hopefully help me to bring my times down and qualify for major championships next year. It really is brilliant to have this type of support from the CiaO Foundation and SportsAid.”


"It’s really nice to have the support of CiaO and SportsAid. Geoffrey’s point about welcoming challenges does hit home as the training is hard and there are days where you feel like you don’t want to do it. I’ll have his voice ringing in my head now! You know that in the end it will all be worth it and you have to keep reminding yourself that as it can be hard work."



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Sports Aid LogoSince 1976, SportsAid has helped aspiring British sportsmen and women when it matters most - at the very start of their journey towards becoming the next generation of sporting heroes.

SportsAid helps young athletes to overcome the financial obstacles they face in their bid to become Britain’s next generation of Olympians, Paralympians and world champions. The cost of their sport is one of their greatest challenges and despite already representing Great Britain at competitions all over the world, most receive no funding beyond what SportsAid provides through fundraising.