Funding desperately needed to get the UK record holder to the World Deaf Athletics

A support worker with Cumbria Partnership NHS foundation Trusts Community rehabilitation service (CRS) could be in line for a medal at the World Deaf Athletics if she can raise enough cash to get her there. To make matters worse, 32 year old javelin thrower, Colette Doran from Carlisle has had her training regime shattered since the Sheepmount sports ground was flooded in December. She is currently travelling all the way down to Wigan to train. All self-funded.

Colette explained: “I have been deaf from birth and after many years of trying to gain confidence with the support from my family and friends, I am now comfortable with my disability and I am also very proud of what I have achieved ……….so far. I am already the Great Britain record holder and hope to break it again this season but my main goal is the World Deaf Athletics Championships in Bulgaria in June. My target is a gold medal but I will be happy coming away with any medals as the standard is high.”

The GB Deaf Athletics Team isn’t fortunate enough to receive funding from the National Governing Body, though Colette never lets that stop her enthusiasm and determination. Colette said “My dream has been to represent and always work hard for my country but not being able to finance the travel and training required needed may stop me from achieving this.” Collette has less than two weeks to raise enough money to ensure she can get to the games and as someone who helps other achieve their goals her colleagues are right behind her.

Ann Noblett team leader in the CRS team said: “Colette is a very valued member of the Community Rehabilitation Service. As a support worker for the team Colette visits patients in their own homes who have been assessed as requiring a rehabilitative approach to maximise independence and function. She has a very caring and supportive nature and works with the patients and their families and carers to fulfil potential. It is a credit to her that she has achieved so much and is willing to travel for the training for her to fulfil her potential and hopefully bring back a medal!!”

To support Colette visit https://www.pledgesports.org/projects/world-deaf-athletics-championships-2016-colette-doran/ and donate to her funds. Every little helps.