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  • 10 March 2015 00:00
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Overcoming Adversity

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Inspirational speaker and Sporting Champion Andy Barrow raised aspirations at 'We Day UK'  on March the 5th, with a packed audience of 8,000 youngsters at the SSE arena, Wembley. 

Andy is a retired GB wheelchair rugby athlete, triple Paralympian and three times European gold medallist. Andy was proud to be part of an event which brings young people together celebrating their actions and redefining what is possible.

More than a one day event, We Day is connected to the year long We Act program, offering educational resources and campaigns to help young people turn the day's inspiration into sustained action. 

Andy is an inspiration and was able to show the young people at We Day that overcoming adversity and managing change is possible and with a positive attitude, a redefining life event can result in amazing achievements. In April 1997 aged seventeen, Andy’s life changed forever when he broke his neck in a scrum. The resulting spinal cord injury left Andy paralysed from the chest down with limited use of his hands and struggling to discern where his life was going.

Determined to get back to an active life Andy underwent extensive rehabilitation and joined London Wheelchair rugby club and has not looked back since. His international career got off the ground at the 2002 World Championships and to date his career has encompassed 5 European Championships (including three gold’s and a silver), 3 World Championships and 3 Paralympic Games. He also captained Great Britain from 2005-2009, a term which saw the proudest moment of his career, leading the team out at the Beijing Paralympics and to date is still the longest serving, most successful GB captain in history

Andy has now retired from the sport building on his speaking career and as a sporting champion athlete role model, delivering inspirational talks on his life story and engaging with the next generation of youngsters with key messages that include overcoming adversity and equality, diversity and change.

To find out more about Andy can deliver as a guest speaker for you event contact: 01245 328303
To find out more about 'We Day' visit

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