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Gala boost for Tokyo Paralympic hopefuls

Path to Success event raises £60,000 for disability sports women athletes

11 November, 2019 — By Tom Foot

Pictured: Anita Choudhrie with athletes, para power- lifters Olivia Broome and Louise Sugden, wheelchair tennis stars Jordanne Whiley, Lucy Shuker, Lauren Jones, Ruby Bishop, Abbie Breakwell and Louise Hunt, para badminton’s Mary Wilson, Rebecca Bedford and Rachel Choong and wheelchair basketball player Sophie Patterson

A GALA fundraiser for disabled women hoping to star at the Tokyo Paralympics next year raised £60,000.

Twelve elite British athletes received a major boost from the Path to Success event in Church House, St James’s.

The charity helps women progress in four major disability sports – para badminton, wheelchair tennis, para powerlifting and wheelchair basketball.

The sports are not fully funded, meaning many athletes rely on friends and family for donations or use their disability allowances. Para badminton star Mary

Wilson had to use her pension pot and war pension before being helped by the charity that was founded by philanthropist Anita Choudhrie in 2005.

Ms Choudhrie said: “The money raised at this year’s gala dinner will be crucial for our Path to Tokyo 2020 campaign, which supports talented and inspiring disabled female athletes who remain badly underfunded.

“Our goal is to help these women achieve their dreams in Tokyo and beyond and to inspire a new generation of female Paralympic stars to embrace their talent and chase their own dreams.”

 

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