The Sussex athletes will be at the stadium on Saturday.
Brighton & Hove Albion are delighted to announce that we will be joined by three Paralympians at Saturday’s match with Norwich City.
Fresh from Rio, Will Bayley, Faye McClelland and Simon Munn will be available in the Fanzone from 1pm to 1.30pm to meet supporters. The trio from Sussex, will join the club as part of Albion in the Community’s takeover game, in which they are raising funds for a new disability mini bus.
Will was born with arthrogryposis, a rare congenital disorder that affected all four of his limbs. He underwent numerous operations at Great Ormond Street Hospital from the age of three months old.
He returned to Great Ormond Street for chemotherapy when he was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma at the age of seven and it was while recovering from cancer, that his grandmother bought him a table tennis table. He went on to become a Paralympic Champion in Rio just two months ago.
Four-time ITU World Champion Faye got into triathlon when a friend challenged her to do the run section as part of a triathlon relay. She did her first event in 2009. Although not from a specifically sporting background, Faye has taken part in a wide variety of sports and was working as a fitness instructor when she was first introduced to triathlon. She became World Champion in 2013 in London, and finished foutth in the Paralympic games in Rio.
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Simon started playing wheelchair basketball in 1991 after an accident in September 1990 involving a train. Before Simon’s accident, he was interested in all sports, especially football. After his accident, he was introduced to wheelchair basketball by a physiotherapist, as an outpatient at Milton Keynes hospital.
Since starting playing basketball for Milton Keynes aces, Simon has never looked back. He went on to represent his country for nearly three decades, going to seven Paralympics, six World and 12 European championships. He won a bronze medal in Rio earlier this year.
The group will also be heading pitch side at half time to talk about their stories.
As well as coming along to meet the Paralympians, fans are invited to take part in a disability football activity in the Fanzone before the game, while various players and staff from the charity’s disability department will be interviewed pitchside about AITC’s work.
The charity will be bucket collecting outside the stadium before and after the game. Supporters who would like to contribute to AITC’s minibus appeal can do so online now at: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/get-us-to-the-match or by donating money to Saturday’s bucket collection.
A free magazine all about AITC’s work will be available to supporters within the matchday programme at Saturday’s game, or fans can find out more about the charity by visiting: www.albioninthecommunity.org.uk.
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