Spirit of London Awards 2012 finalists for the ‘Achievement in Sports’ category.
Meet the three finalists for this year’s Spirit of London Awards ‘Achievement in Sports’ category. The winner will be announced on December 10th, at the awards ceremony in Greenwich’s O2 Arena.
Jai Padhiar | Age: 16 | Borough: Brent
Jai is a talented sportsman who has represented Brent in 800 meters at London Youth Games, the 2011 London Mini Marathon and in Hockey. In 2012, he was an Olympic Torch bearer. He also uses his sporting talents to raise money for charity, so far he has raised £70,000 for CLAPA Cleft Palette Great Ormond Street Hospital, £12,000 for Multiple Sclerosis in a 10K run and spent his summer in Nigeria to help build a water pump.
Liam Archer | Age: 15 | Borough: Newham
Liam lost his sight at the age of 6, but has a love for sport. He started attending Arsenal VI football sessions and also plays cricket, goal-ball and attends rock climbing sessions. He went through his junior mainstream school attending triathlon and judo sessions before focusing on b1 football. Liam plays in pan-disability teams and he has represented Newham London and Essex at b1 football. He has been into schools highlighting blind football to mainstream schools, demonstrating and talking about disability sports. He has also spoken in front of 300 people at Lords Cricket about being blind and being involved in sport.
Matiullah Haider | Age: 19 | Borough: Croydon
Following the disappearance of his father and brother, Matiullah’s mother sent him to the UK for safety at the age of 14 in 2007, since then he has had no contact with her. Arriving, unable to speak or read English, he was housed with foster carers and sat GCSEs although he had only been in school for 7 months. Along with many children from Afghanistan, he loves cricket, as a result the cricket charity Cricket for Change, partnered by the Refugee Council, set up The Refugee Cricket Project, which also doubles up as an advice surgery. Matiullah volunteers at the project and his role in this is crucial, he speaks three languages, Pashto, Dari and now English, he has obtained an interpreting qualification and is a qualified cricket coach.