The Paralympics or Paralympic Games is a series of international sports competitions for athletes with physical disabilities. This happens every four years, immediately after the Olympics. And it has been Simon’s dream to be part of this world renowned sports event.
Simon Lawson was a rising star in motocross. Back in his teenage years, he was applauded for his performances in the motor race arena. But a horrible accident changed his life forever.
It was in July 2001 when Simon was practicing for an upcoming race when he experienced a terrifying crash. He sustained several serious injuries, leaving him paralyzed from the chest down (T5/T6). The former British championship rider spent seven days in the intensive care unit, unconscious.
For three weeks, he was in the high dependency unit, recovering. He then spent the rest of his three months in a rehabilitation ward, trying to get back some movement.
The keen motorcycle enthusiast, now 33 years old, did not let the accident paralyze his will, motivation and determination to live life to the fullest. He did not let himself wallow in depression after the accident. Instead, he turned his life around and found another interesting thing to do – road racing.
And now, he is making a name for himself as a wheelchair athlete. He is giving his all to become gain excellence in this sport. He is even aiming to join the Paralympics team.
Seeing his will and dedication, people from local businesses have started funding Simon’s dream of becoming a part of the international sports event. Geoff Brown, the person who donated money on behalf of local businesses, stated that Simon is one great person and he is a wonderful role model for differently-abled individuals especially the young ones. He also added that the wheelchair marathon racer is an excellent ambassador.
Simon received donations worth £500 each from different people including:
- Claire Story from Story Decorating Group
- Adrian Asbridge from CC Build Solutions
- Garry Robinson from Laversdale Timber Company
- Andy Brown from AP and J Brown Ltd
- Robert Little from Robert Little Garages Ltd
Now, Simon is one step closer to his ultimate dream – securing a place in the much-anticipated Paralympic Games that will be held in Rio.