The ‘Bionic’ woman, Claire Lomas, plans new charity challenge; cycling from Paris to London

June 26, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Posted in Sport | 1 Comment
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 In May hundreds of thousands of runners took to the streets of London to complete the 26.2 mile London Marathon. Whilst runners sped off, 31 year old Claire Lomas, who was left paralysed from the chest down in 2007 after falling off a horse, was preparing to make marathon history by becoming the first person to complete the London marathon in a bionic suit.

Wearing a ReWalk bionic suit by Cyclone, which stimulates movement with sensors, Claire crossed the finish line 16 days later having raised an enormous £200,000 for Spinal Research and capturing the nation with her determination. Claire’s achievement was phenomenal and showcased how revolutionary technology can help improve the lives of disabled people.

Claire Lomas cycling from London to Paris

Claire Lomas now plans to cycle from London to Paris

Claire’s marathon success generated international media attention and she’s become a role model for people with spinal injuries across the world, which is why she’s decided to throw herself into another endurance challenge cycling from Paris to London next spring.

Claire will carry out the 250 mile trek on a specially adapted bike which uses electric pulses and sensors to stimulate movement in her legs. This movement will encourage Claire to push her legs forward and pedal. The pace of the cycle ride is expected to be more intense than the London Marathon so Claire has already started a training programme and has a practice cycle planned in Scotland in the coming months.

claire lomas London Marathon

Claire Lomas crossing the London Marathon finish line

Working within the mobility industry I’ve been lucky to see some of the devices which are available to paralysed and disabled people. However, rarely have I seen such advanced devices been used in real life and shown to their full potential. I think that Claire is a fantastic example of how to regain confidence and achieve great things despite experiencing such tragedy. She is a real inspiration and I’m looking forward to seeing her cycle from Paris to London next year.

Wimbledon 20120 the 126th Championship begins.

June 25, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Posted in Sport | Leave a comment
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The world’s oldest tennis tournament, The Championship, Wimbledon begins its 126th tournament in South West London today. The only Grand Slam to be played on grass, Wimbledon is the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world and a sporting event which I particularly look forward too. 

Novak Djokovic Wimbeldon

Novak Djokovic Wimbeldon 2012

Kick starting Wimbledon 2012 Men’s Singles is last year’s Champion, Novak Djokovic, who is currently seeded number one. Djokovic started play at 1pm against Juan Carlos Ferrero on Centre Court whilst the six times Wimbledon Champion, Roger Federer, commenced play on Court One against Albert Ramos. The Women’s Single are also underway as the female world number one, Maria Sharapova, plays Anastasia Rodionova.

As the players preparing for their first Wimbledon matched sports fans are looking forward to a fortnight of exceptional tennis.  I’ve always looked forward to the annual Wimbledon fortnight, much more than any other Grand Slam and that’s probably because Wimbledon is so steeped in history and is quintessentially British.

Punnets of Strawberries

Punnets of Strawberries served at Wimbledon

Traditionally spectators have enjoyed strawberries and cream whilst watching play, a tradition which I don’t see ending anytime soon and the players wear their brightest whites. The Wimbledon Royal Box is often occupied by members of the Royal Family too, who always amp up the excitement; a visit from the newly married Duke and Duchess of Cambridge last year added a touch of joy.

Who knows which royal faces will be present this year, or which tennis aces will go home as Wimbledon champions 2012; it’s far too early to make any assumptions on who will be triumphant, although a British win for Andy Murray would be prefect for the summer of sport in London 2012.

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge wimbledon 2012

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in Royal Box Wimbledon 2011

However, I’m sure that the Wimbledon roof will most probably come into play at some point during the tournament if the past couple of weeks of gloomy weather are anything to go by but it wouldn’t be Wimbledon without a little rain.

Watch Wimbledon on the BBC and via the Red Button. Alternatively keep up to date with scores and matched on Wimbledon’s official website or Twitter page.

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