My name is Ryan Raghoo; I am a International athlete with Cerebral Palsy and I aim to conquer the World. 19 years ago I was born under very difficult conditions, and due to a number of errors from the medical team delivering me I was left with permanent brain damage and a condition called Cerebral Palsy. For the most part I spent the first 8 years of my life in hospital; in a buggy or wheelchair, with doctors and medical specialists certain I would never walk.
Growing up I hated sport, and still have terrible memories from being forced to take part in sports days at Primary school, where I was physically not able to compete with my peers. During secondary school I was excluded from sport completely, side-lined to watching my friends as it “was too dangerous for me”.
I started training properly for Athletics in December 2014. I have since gone on to represent Great Britain at the World Juniors and Team England at the Cerebral Palsy World Games; amassing some medals and records along the way despite changes to my classification.
After years fighting physical limitations, travelling 4 hours daily to train, I ended 2015 as UK Number one, European 10 and world 17. This year I qualified for the European Championships (standard 3.80) and Paralympic games (standard 4.50) with a jump of 4.61. This is the first time Great Britain has ever had someone qualify in this event.
As a full time student, meeting costs for travel, physio, kit, nutrition and accommodation is a challenge even for me. Can you help get Ryan to Rio? I need help with sponsorship to get to The European Championships in June, where I have aims to get selected for Rio.
“He hates labels and the perception of a disabled person in the mind’s eye of an able bodied person. Ryan’s amazing drive and determination is more than just going to the games. He hopes to change lives of disabled children around the world through his Enabled not Disabled campaign." - Coach Harry King
By supporting my journey you will help bring change worldwide for people with disabilities, as an ambassador for disability sport I am passionate about challenging the "limitations" and "labels" placed on people with disabilities. Achieving my personal goals of competing in the Paralympics will provide the platform to sing for change and help get more people into disability sport, showing anything is possible, providing inspiration for children all over the world.
Your generous donations will be used for flights and accomadation to international competitions in the build up to the major championships this year. Most importantly they will allow me to access vital physiotherapy and sports massage to aid in my recovery and make sure I stay in the best shape possible.