“Believe it – Achieve it” is his motto. Simon Heaps was 64 and a single leg amputee when he first applied to the DBF for a Bader Grant to help him to achieve his goal of representing his country and winning a medal (preferably gold!) in Wheelchair Table Tennis.
His dream was to become the best Wheelchair Table Tennis player in the world and the oldest to win a medal in his sport. Two years have passed since then during which time Simon has gained 2 more years and lost his 2nd leg due to diabetes. Undaunted, he is still pursuing his dream as a double amputee with all the adjustments both practical and personal that that entails. In fact he is currently in France waiting to compete in the French Para Open and will then be off to Amman in Jordan in 2 weeks time to compete there. He is not letting the grass grow under his feet in his quest to gain the points he needs to compete in the Para Games.
Simon’s motto is Believe it – Achieve it and he made this great video to encapsulate that sentiment as a contribution to Limb Loss Awareness Month in April. Sadly we weren’t in time to include it then but it is here now as a tribute to all the courageous amputees out there battling to achieve their own dreams.
Simon is a total inspiration not just to amputees but also to those of us who are over 60 and also still have dreams and ambitions. He is showing us that it is never too late to follow your heart, however great the challenges. Thanks you, Simon, for your courageous and inspiring lead!
We’re sure you’ll join us in wishing him the very best of luck and success and we will, of course, keep updating you with his progress.
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