I have cerebral palsy and was the first disabled person to enter the London Triathlon back in 1998. Even as an elite athlete I found it hard to keep up and had to ask other participants for help. I’ve also taken part in fun runs where the roads have reopened before I’ve had a chance to finish.
The idea behind the Superhero Series is simple. To create fun, gutsy events where people with disabilities call the shots and don’t have to worry about cut-off times or equipment restrictions. If you want to use your powered wheelchair or need floats in the water, we make it possible. As far as I’m concerned, anything goes.
For my first event I’ve chosen triathlon challenges because swimming, cycling and running are the most popular disability sports. You can do a whole triathlon if you wish, but you can also choose to do just one or two stages as a relay with disabled and non-disabled family and friends. Paralympic champion Kadeena Cox will also be taking part on the day in our special Celebrity Superhero Tri.
I know first-hand what a hugely positive impact sport can have on a person’s life and I believe everyone should have the chance to get involved. I hope you’ll sign up and take the plunge!
The MS Trust is very proud to be a part of the Superhero Tri and we’re looking for teams of two or three people to take part in the team triathlon. You can pick the distance that suits you. Call us on 01462 476700 to find out more or visit mstrust.org.uk/superhero.