Friday, May 15, 2009
As little as a few years back Matt Hampson was tipped as a future England star. Selected for the Leicester Tigers academy at a young age, Hampson was soon selected for the England u18, u19, and u21 squads before tragedy struck in 2005.
A training accident changed his life completely as a scrum collapsed and he suffered a dislocation in his neck which trapped his spinal cord. Matt was left paralysed from the neck down and his rugby playing days and bright potential as a star on the field were over.
Matts seemingly dark future after the accident isnt perhaps as dark as many would have expected. He has a spirit, charm, and lust for life that has led to him overcoming a situation that would have beaten so many others in his position.
In this interview with Sky News, Hambo talks about the everyday struggles that living in his condition bring, but shows how positive he is about life and that hes still as big a rugby fan as ever.
He coaches, writes articles, maintains his website, and does what he can to raise money for spinal care for both himself and others.
Matt requires 8m for his life-long care and wed like to help by making the rugby community aware of what is needed to help this inspirational figure, a man who wont let even the worst of circumstances get him down.
You can read more about Matt and make a difference by visiting his websites to do what you can to help, or simply leave a message of support if donating isn't possible.
Tragedies like this can happen at any time, and when they do, its vital that the rugby community sticks together to take care of one of their own. All the best Matt.
Note: With thanks to Sky News