Catriona Becomes 100th Young Person to Benefit from an Inspire Award
Posted: Fri, 27 Apr 2018
Twenty-one-year-old Catriona Chung, from Loughborough, will compete at the Cerebral Palsy World Games in Sant Cugat, Barcelona, in August this year, and her Inspire Award of £500 will help to fund her trip.
Inspire Awards are small grants given out by local charity the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust (JHMT) to inspirational young people, helping them to fulfill their ambitions in sports, music, community enterprise and business.
Since the awards were set up in 2014, more than £18,000 has been handed out to deserving young people, who have used the cash to do some amazing things.
Previous recipients of Inspire Awards have competed in international sporting events across the globe, set up social enterprises, shared their skills with local communities and pursued their dreams in fields as diverse as digital arts, cycling, dance and karate.
Now Catriona will join the list of young people who have been helped by Inspire Awards, taking the total number of recipients into triple figures.
Catriona said: "I am honoured and delighted to be on the Inspire scheme and to be their 100th award.
"This award means a great deal to me. I was born with cerebral palsy and also have epilepsy. I took up swimming at a young age and it has helped me with my physical, social and emotional development.
"Being able to compete in the Cerebral Palsy World Games, with the hope of becoming a world champion, is amazing.
"I nearly gave up swimming after I had an epileptic fit in the water and almost drowned. Fortunately, my coach spotted me in time and rescued me from the water. It took me over a year and a lot of courage to feel comfortable swimming again.
"I was determined to improve. My first taste of international competition was in 2016, when I qualified to compete at the British Para-Swimming International Meet in Glasgow. The CP World Games will be my first competition abroad and I am so proud to be part of CP Team England."
Catriona will use her grant to help pay for her expenses, making it possible for her to compete at the games.
Simon Taylor, JHMT Inspire Lead, said: "Many congratulations to Catriona on her Inspire grant. It's hard to think of a more worthy recipient for our 100th award.
"The judging panel were very impressed with Catriona's application, which showed us her grit and determination in overcoming a serious setback in order to pursue her dream.
"Inspire Awards are all about helping young people to fulfill their potential, and Catriona has potential by the bucket-load! We wish her every success at the Cerebral Palsy World Games, and hope she really enjoys the experience."
The JHMT was set up in memory of Joe Humphries, who died from sudden arrhythmic death syndrome (SADS) aged just 14 in October 2012, whilst out running near his family home in Rothley, Leicestershire.
Since Joe's death, the JHMT continues to raise awareness of SADS and sudden heart deaths. The charity provides free CPR training, helps to fund community defibrillators and campaigns for better understanding of SADS. The JHMT also runs the Inspire Awards, a small grants scheme that helps inspire young people to fulfill their potential – something which the victims of SADS are cruelly denied.
To find out more about the work of the Joe Humphries Memorial Trust, visit www.jhmt.org.uk