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Simon Heaps deserves support

Simon Heaps deserves support

Simon Heaps deserves support. This double amputee wheelchair table tennis player is in danger of having to stop playing due to lack of funds. This would be an absolute tragedy as, at 67, he is playing better than ever and has managed to get into the top 30 in the World Rankings, a phenomenal achievement especially as he only lost his second leg to diabetes last year.

This incredibly gifted and determined athlete had an extraordinary year last year as you’ll see from previous posts on the website. He travelled to no less than 11 countries to compete winning an amazing 8 medals in the process to secure himself a place in the top 30.

Simon is a totally self-funded athlete and, as you can imagine, travel (much of it long distance), accommodation and other living expenses is not cheap. His dedication is such that he has spent tens of thousands of pounds of his own money to compete so far. He has raised considerable amounts himself through his own efforts and we were delighted to support him through our Bader Grants Scheme. Now, however, he’s in grave danger of running out of funds and being unable to continue his courageous journey to the top. He has started a new GoFundMe Page hoping it will enable him to continue to compete in the game he loves and that has helped to give him the will and determination to continue when beset with challenges. I believe it would be a very sad day and a tragic waste of all he has achieved so far if he had to hang up his bat! Apart from anything else, I admire him enormously for striking a blow for the over-60s when so many people write us off. He has certainly been able to show younger players that when you have the skill and the fighting spirit – and he has that in spades – age really is just a number.

Simon Heaps is a true inspiration. Please donate if you can to this brave and utterly dedicated athlete so that he can compete for another year and build on what he has achieved so far. Let’s see how far up the rankings he can get!

Simon’s motto is

Dream it. Believe it. Achieve it. Simon Heaps

Let’s help him to achieve it…

You’ll find the link to his GoFundMe Page at the bottom of this post beneath the video of Simon being interviewed on BBC South Sport on 17th January 2023.

 


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