London 2012 wheelchair basketball star Matthew Byrne has praised Nottinghamshire County Council’s Shining Stars fund, receiving vital money to put towards transport, sporting equipment and other costs in this crucial year.
Matt, from Barleydale Drive, in Trowell, does the majority of his training at Jesse Boot sporting complex in Nottingham and plays wheelchair basketball for the Wolverhampton Rhinos, taking part in the GBA Super League and GB showcase league.
Matt already has a decorated CV, very impressive for the 37 year old who first took up the sport as rehabilitation following a motocross accident when he was aged 16.
Matt, coached by Murray Treseder, has two Paralympic bronze medals to his name from past Games, and has a World Silver medal, European Gold medal and two European silver medals.
But he is focussed on more success with the Games taking on extra poignancy in London.
He said: "I aim to be the best player in the world in my classification and be part of the most successful GB team in history. My whole family have been my inspiration as they have worked hard for what they have and I am proud and honoured to be selected.”
Matt points out Australia, Canada and the USA as key competitors at the London 2012 Games. He says his European Gold and Paralympic Bronze from Beijing 2008 are his most cherished achievements to date.