Over £3k raised for disabled children’s sports event
Categories: Active Sussex News
Jamie Lambert, a gifted 15-year-old Sussex athlete, has returned safely from an expedition to Southern Greenland, where he trekked over 100km in seven days.
Jamie embarked on his challenge of a lifetime to raise funds to hold this year’s Parallel Youth Games, a multi-sport summer competition for over 400 disabled children across Sussex, on 10 June at The Triangle Leisure Centre, Burgess Hill. So far, the fundraising total stands at £3,288.87 – which is enough to completely fund the 2015 event.
Jamie said: ‘The Greenland trip started off very challenging, with steep terrain, temperatures down to -20C at night and sleep deprivation due to night time shifts for polar bear watch! However it became easier, and the team managed 80km through the mountains and across the sea ice route we'd hoped to follow, despite a couple of days stranded in tents by storms’.
Travelling as part of a four-man team, Jamie embarked on his Arctic adventure on 24 March, starting from base camp at Kulusuk before returning via a sea ice route. They were self-supporting, travelling on skis & foot, hauling sledges weighing 50kg containing all supplies & equipment and camping overnight away from settlement & communication.
Talented athlete Jamie is a member of the Sussex Athletics Squad and trains with Brighton & Hove Athletics Club. In June 2014 he was a gold medalist in the Junior Boys Hurdles at the County School Championships, before going on to qualify for the National English Schools Competition in July.
Jamie was inspired to raise money for disabled children after suffering a debilitating hip injury when competing at the English Schools Championships in July last year, rendering him out of action for 6 months. This led him to acknowledge what it must feel like to be permanently disabled, and to recognise the importance that events like the Parallel Youth Games have in creating fully inclusive sporting opportunities for young people.
Jamie said: ‘Despite my frustration when I was injured, this period made me truly appreciate the challenges and difficulties that disabled teenagers must face when trying to involve themselves in sporting activities. I’m hoping to use this expedition to help them get doing what I love doing’.