TWO Olympians got behind one man’s athletic challenge of completing 52 triathlons in 52 weeks for disadvantaged young people.
Rob Starr, Chairman of the Starr Trust Charity, is on the final leg of his mammoth mission to complete an Olympic distance triathlon every week this year to raise £100,000 for the Sussex-based charity that supports young people to fulfill their potential.
Mr Starr accepted the challenge because one of the young people the charity supports, Nathan Freeman, needs to raise around £15,000 to enable him to reach the next Paralympics as a wheelchair tennis player.
Up until 18 months ago, the athlete, who suffers from cerebral palsy, was a successful wheelchair racer.
But during a world championship race, he suffered an accident that meant he could no longer drive.
Instead of giving up, he switched to wheelchair tennis.
The Starr Trust gives Nathan its maximum funding of £5,000, but that’s £10,000 less.
Mr. Starr promised to raise the rest for him and raise enough to support as many of the new applicants who are seeking help from the charity.
Starr Trust supporter, Olympic gold medalist Daley Thompson CBE, will join the 53-year-old for a star-studded evening event at Soho House that will help boost the fundraiser even further.
“I jokingly told Rob I was never impressed with his adventures, but seriously, if Rob rises to this challenge then I’m going to be really impressed,” said Mr Thomson.
And ski jumping legend ‘Eddie the Eagle’ Edwards, who is supporting the Starr Trust at their Winter Extravaganza Ball in Brighton this year, said: “When I heard what Rob was up to I thought he was crazy. This is a heroic achievement… well done… we all have your back.”
Nathan Freeman said: “I can’t believe Rob is doing this for me, it’s amazing I don’t know how he does it. Rob and the Starr Trust have supported me for years and they just make me feel like I can achieve anything. You are such a big part of my family and literally make this dream possible for me.”
“Now that I’m over 70 percent committed to the challenge, I finally realize how difficult it is! The hardest part was trying to stay injury free, which wasn’t always possible, and then going on despite the pain.
“Even as a long-time sufferer of Crohn’s disease and arthritis, I have had to deal with pushing my body well beyond its comfort zone, but exercise is the best medicine, so any injury or flare-up subsided fairly quickly.
“The other difficult part of the challenge is definitely the mental rather than the physical aspect; Having to move forward no matter how I feel and with no one there to support you in the dark, cold mornings has taken a lot of self-discipline. But one thing I’ve learned about myself is that while I may have regretted committing to a triathlon every week, I’ve never once regretted doing it.
“The amazing money we are raising is already changing the lives of so many young people and along the way I’m getting fitter than ever. That’s a win-win situation in my book. Absolutely no regrets.”
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https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/22572615.eddie-eagle-edwards-backs-mans-mission-starr-trust-charity/?ref=rss Eddie the Eagle Edwards supports the mission of People for Starr Trust Charity