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CITY’S PARA-ATHLETE INSPIRES YOUNGSTERS TO BACK SPORT RELIEF

Sport Relief is back challenging everyone to play their part – but there’s nothing like a little one-to-one inspiration which Peterborough school children received from a local sporting hero.

The city’s Paralympic 3x medallist Matt Skelhon dropped into assembly at Southfields Primary School and ESP’s Darren Grigas went along to hear what he had to say…

For a guy with over 100 medals won across the world, including bronze, silver and gold at the Paralympics, Matt Skelhon is a very humble guy.

I was privileged to chat with Peterborough’s very own Team GB Shooter as he wowed the kids, showing his rifles and medals.

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Matt inspired the whole school (and me) ahead of Sport Relief as a prime example of what can be achieved despite adversity.

In 2005 Matt was involved in a car accident which left him unable to walk, but this didn’t stop him pursuing his passion for shooting and representing his country around the world. Without the right funding and support, this couldn’t have happened for Matt.

So, it’s no surprise that he’s an advocate for Sport Relief and actively encourages children and adults across the country to get involved with this fun and energetic cause which supports budding sportspeople in the UK and abroad.

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Southfields Primary School has been a strong supporter of Sport Relief and will be raising more money for this year’s campaign, no doubt inspired by Matt.

For the first time this year though, the whole nation’s been urged to come together for this year’s fundraising challenge to beat one billion steps a day, every day, from March 17 – 23.

In my regular column in ESP I’m always encouraging people to get out there, enjoy the fresh air, try new things and do whatever they can to be active – and that can be just a walk in the park so I hope everyone gets involved to help support local good causes.Sport-Relief-year-logo-date_4-3-card@2x

Last time around, for Sport Relief 2016, the generous people across East Anglia raised and donated more than £2.1m. This money’s been hard at work in the local area, with more than 260 projects funded across the region.

In Peterborough the RSA call centre has been drafted in to take the phone donations on Friday March 23 as the TV show airs and the team there will also be hosting a range of fun and games to raise money themselves.

You can read my feature on the inspirational Matt Skelhon in the April issue of ESP Magazine out from March 28.

For more information on how to get involved with this year’s Sport Relief campaign, download the Sport Relief App or go to www.sportrelief.com.

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Whether you’re taking part for fun or fitness, you can show support for Sport Relief by getting kitted out in the limited edition merchandise, available from official partner Sainsbury’s and at the Sport Relief website.

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