Stevenage Paralympic hopeful visits Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and West Ham in Sport Relief football grounds challenge
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A Stevenage Paralympic hopeful has raised more than £650 for Sport Relief by visiting 19 football grounds in London – all in one day.
Jack Gladman is an athlete with cerebral palsy and dyspraxia and has his sights set on competing in the 1500 metres at the Paralympics.
The 18-year-old’s disability affects his co-ordination and movement, but this has never deterred the former Nobel School pupil.
Jack, who lives in Chells Manor, said: “I am hoping to make it to the Paralympics and am training hard. I gained my first GB vest as part of the World Junior Games team in Holland.
“Sport has been my life and athletics allowed me to take part. I will be eternally grateful to Stevenage and North Herts Athletics Club for giving me the opportunity to fulfil my dreams and for supporting me from the beginning.
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“I now want to give some of this support back to sport by raising money for Sport Relief and helping others like me. The money raised could allow others the opportunity to enjoy sport the way I have, despite their disabilities.” Jack, who is studying for a degree in football and business media in the hope of becoming a sports journalist, completed his challenge last Wednesday and visited 19 football grounds in 15hrs 31mins.
Clubs he visited included Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur and West Ham, as well as Wembley Stadium and the Olympic Park.
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He said: “It was a long day. I had some friends keep me company and then my parents came to help me out in the evening.”
Jack, who has twice won The Paul Pearce Disability Award for his athletic achievements at the Comet Sports Awards, has raised more than £660 so far for Sport Relief.
Money raised through Sport Relief – which is officially being held between March 18 to 20 – is used by Comic Relief to help vulnerable and disadvantaged people to turn their lives around in the UK and across the world’s poorest communities.
You can still support Jack by visiting justgiving.com/Jack-Gladman.