Thank you to everyone who joined us for the ‘A Question of Access Sport’ annual dinner and quiz. It was a fantastic evening, made so by the incredible support of all the guests and ambassadors on the night. The numbers are still not yet finalised but we look to have raised a grand total of:

£52,000!* 

*net of costs

 This includes the incredibly generous pledges for disability sports equiptment, which enable all children, regardless of ability, to access sport. Your pledges included:

x3 Strider Bikes 16”
x3 Strider Bikes 20”
x7 Multi Sport Wheelchairs
x2 Boccia Ramps
x11 Disability Hockey Sets
x14 Audible Tennis Ball Sets

 

We were delighted to have such an exciting turn out of some of the UK’s greatest sports stars including history making cricketer Jimmy Anderson, Paralympic Gold Medalist Olivia Breen, Olympic Gold Medalists, Kate & Helen Richarson-Walsh and lovable Lion James Haskell, led of course by our returning MC and rugby hall of famer, Ben Kay.


The evening highlights kicked off with Ben Kay being joined in a riveting discussion with Olympic legends Ade Adepitan and Kate and Helen Richardson-Wash as they addressed inclusivity in sport, overcoming personal challenges and the merits of ‘shopping trolley’ mobility.

 


Ben was then joined later in the evening by the winning combination of the currently most celebrated man in cricket, Jimmy Anderson and most famously outrageous Lion, straight off the 2017 tour, James Haskell. The captivating duo entertained right off the bat with their notoriety both on and off the pitch. It was a privilege to have such sporting legends join us.  



The stand out star of the night though was young ambassador, Tom Stabbins. Taking to the stage he swiftly stole the spotlight as he spoke with jarring sincerity about his journey from tumor diagnosis, to a 13 year old amputee and the long road back to confidence and his life now as a strong and competitive climber.

Tom climbs with an Access Sport club in Bristol and is an inspiration to other young people.




With all the outstanding talent in the room competition was fierce, but by the end of the evening there was one team that beat them all to become the AQAS17 Quiz Champions, and winners of the Access Sport cup:

CONGRATULATIONS TABLE 21:  CONTINUUM!!




Thank you to everyone that donated, contributed and supported, for helping Access Sport continue to reach disadvantaged and disabled young people across the uk.

The donation you made on the night could help change a child’s life, for good.

'A Question of Access Sport' will be returning in March 2019! Please register your interest here.

If you would like to find out more about Access Sport, hear about other young people like Tom, or get involved with fundraising of your own, please do get in touch.

 

Special thanks to:

Columbia Threadneedle, Principle Corporate Partner and AQAS17 Principle Supporter

Greg Searle, Access Sport Head Ambassador

Kate Richardson Walsh, Access Sport Lead Ambassador

Helen Richardson Walsh, Access Sport Lead Ambassador

Tom Stabbins, Young Ambassador

Ben Kay, AQAS contributer

Charlie Ross, AQAS contributer