Rosslyn Park come to the aid of paralysed rugby union wannabe
8:00am Tuesday 5th November 2013 in Rosslyn Park
A teenage rugby player who broke his neck and was left paralysed while playing for Blackburn RFC has been presented with state-of-the-art specialist wheelchair, courtesy of the Rosslyn Park Injury Trust Fund.
George Claxton, 16, was formally presented with the wheelchair at Fylde RFC on Saturday by the president of Rosslyn Park, Geoff Bayles.
Worth £6,000, the chair is designed to help him achieve his ambition of representing Great Britain at Wheelchair Rugby in the Paralympics.
George said: “Now I am looking forward to playing again and, thanks to the kindness of the Rosslyn Park Injury Trust Fund, having my own special chair to play in will be a great help, so I am very keen to get back into action.”
Former Rosslyn Park chairman, John Adair, a Trustee of the fund, said: “It is a pleasure to be able to help such a courageous and determined young sportsman to rebuild his life and achieve his ambitions. Let’s hope that we see him and the wheelchair in Rio in 2016."
Rosslyn Park set up the charity in 1981 when a player in the club’s national school sevens competition similarly fell awkwardly in a tackle leaving him quadriplegic.
There was very limited accident insurance available for schoolboys playing sport, so the Trust Fund was set up and helped the player to go through University and with his living expenses while studying for his law exams.
He is now a successful solicitor, but the Trust has continued its work and now assists not only those who suffer injuries while playing rugby but also those young people suffering injuries while engaged in other sports.
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