Simon Heaps

Simon Heaps
  • Name: Simon Heaps
  • Disability: Amputee
  • Bader Grant awarded on: 01/01/2020
  • Bader Grant awarded for: Financial assistance to compete In World Games

Background

At 64, Simon’s ambition is to become the best Wheelchair Amputee Table Tennis player in the world. We are proud to have been able to help Simon towards reaching his goal. I think you’ll agree that he epitomises the Bader spirit.

Simon explains, “when I knew that to achieve my dream I would need considerable funds to pay for specialist coaching, entries, accommodation and travel because all of the events that I am currently playing in have to be self funded. I knew that charitable organisations like The Douglas Bader Foundation would be necessary.”

Simon was unsuccessful applying to other charities due to not meeting their criteria, but was not discouraged and continued to apply to charities and raise funds himself.

I am sure that Douglas Bader himself would have approved

Simon goes on to say: “The DBF were so helpful in their funding and had the confidence and support to help me on my way. I am so grateful. I am sure that Douglas Bader himself would have approved of my positive attitude in trying to make dream a reality. I am only in the beginning of this road, although it will be uphill all the way I will relish the challenges ahead.

Simon has now been appointed the sole representative for Great Britain in the IWAS (International Wheelchair Amputee Sports Federation ) World Games in Thailand from 20th to 28th February 2020.

There are 12 different sports whereby 500 athletes from around the world compete for medals. Simon’s quest is to become the best Wheelchair Amputee Table Tennis player in the World.

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