Steve Brown, the Great Britain wheelchair rugby captain at the London 2012 Olympics, is our newest patron. The 34-year-old from Kent joins the Panathlon team this month after being a regular visitor to recent Panathlons in the South of England.
Steve is currently bidding to represent Team GB again at this year’s Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, but he is also developing an impressive reputation off the pitch as an athlete mentor, public speaker and TV presenter.
The 2011 European Championship silver medallist recently fronted the TV coverage during the Rugby World Cup when there was a wheelchair equivalent at London’s Copper Box Arena.
Last year the Sky Sports Scholar was also voted part of the ‘2015 Power 100: The most influential people in Britain with disability or impairment’.
In August he was a member of Team Panathlon at the London Triathlon, where he managed to complete a tough 20km hand-cycling section of the event in one hour two minutes, despite being a late addition to the team including other Patrons Liz Johnson and Danny Crates.
“The atmosphere that Panathlon creates is awesome,” he said. “It’s nice to see everyone enjoying a competitive environment. These people play to win and it’s nice to see that attitude amongst them.”
Steve is especially pleased that Panathlon gives some young sportspeople the opportunity to compete in such an iconic venue as the Olympic Park.
“The Olympic Park is a phenomenal place and to be captain of the team at London 2012 is something that you can’t really put into words,” he said.
“It’s lovely to think that people at different levels of ability have the chance to experience something along those lines – of feeling proud, of feeling good about themselves – when Panathlon take their finals to the Copper Box.”
You can find out more about Steve by visiting his website at stevebrowngb.com/
See Steve at various Panathlon competitions in the gallery below.