Steve Brown, the Great Britain wheelchair rugby captain at the London 2012 Olympics, has today been appointed our latest Patron.
Steve, who is currently trying to win selection for Team GB again at this year’s Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, agreed to join the the Panathlon team after being a regular visitor to recent Panathlons in the South of England.
The 34-year-old from Kent said of his appointment: “I’m delighted to be involved with such a pro-active and creative programme. The work that Panathlon does makes a huge difference to its participants. I’ve seen it first hand.”
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 fellow Patrons Liz Johnson and Danny Crates.
His other Panathlon appearances last year included the South London Finals in March, plus the Kent Panathlon Finals and then London Finals in June, as seen here in our latest film.