Mark Pattenden, an aspiring Paralympian from London, is using sport to empower people with disabilities.
Mark is a disability specialist sports coach and aspiring Tokyo 2020 para-athlete specialising in archery and disability shooting. He has fundraised to encourage recent amputees to get involved in para-athletics. In 2016 he became the first ever para-athlete to run the Great Wall of China Marathon. He used this platform to raise enough money to donate a custom-made blade to another aspiring athlete. The condition of the athlete receiving this blade is that they undertake their own fundraising for disabled athletes. As a direct result of Mark’s work, one 20-year-old amputee is joining Team GB in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.
In a personal letter to Mark, Prime Minister Theresa May said:
“Through your fundraising challenges, you have supported recent amputees to become involved in para-athletics. You have used your own experiences to inspire others, and you should be proud of what you have achieved.”
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Congratulations Mark, form everyone at Dorset Orthopaedic!