Everton Paralympic hopeful off to World Games

21 Mar 2018

Robert Allerston, 29, from Everton has been selected to represent England in the 2018 Cerebral Palsy World Athletic Games in August, in what he hopes will be the first step towards his dream of representing Great Britain at the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo.

At 11 years old, Robert was the British Record Holder for his age group for Club Throw, a sport that’s predominately played by those with cerebral palsy.

Having competed since he was a child, he stepped away from the sport in 2001 after having surgery to improve the mobility in his legs. Returning to the sport in 2017, Robert was talent spotted whilst competing in the Cerebral Palsy National Athletics Championships, following which he was selected to compete at the Cerebral Palsy World Athletic Games in Spain.

However, competitors must fund themselves paying for flights, transport, accommodation, food and the competition entry fee.

Robert explains: “I needed to raise £2,500. My employer, pension administrator MyCSP, has a Community Fund so I asked if they would consider supporting me.  I was amazed when they agreed to pay the full amount.”

David Boardman, Director of Customer Excellence, MyCSP said “When we realised Robert’s athletic potential, one that could see him compete in the 2020 Paralympics, we were determined to help him realise his goal of achieving gold in Spain.”

In order to continue preparing for the Paralympics, Robert is looking to raise further funding which will enable him to compete in the Cerebral Palsy Sport Athletics Series and the British Athletics Super Series.

“I train at Wavertree Athletics Centre every Friday evening and attend a gym six times a week” continued Robert. “I’ve set my sights on gold in Spain and then if all goes to plan, to win a medal for Team GB in Tokyo 2020.”

If you would like to find out about how you could support Robert in his dream of reaching the Tokyo Paralympics, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/robfortokyo2020

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