TGA, the UK-leading mobility scooter specialist, is proud to be sponsoring Britain’s number one disabled strongman with Cerebral Palsy, Chris Rix, so that he can continue his quest to be the world’s best.
Nicknamed ‘Speedy’, Chris, aged 32 from Sudbury, Suffolk, has always excelled in wheelchair sport. During his teenage years he became a skilled para-basketball league player and currently competes and coaches for Essex Outlaws. When he was 17 he met with the Suffolk Spartans powerlifting team at a basketball event which led to his first bench press of 60kg. They saw real potential in Chris and encouraged him to join – one of their members, Zoe Newson, achieved two bronze medals at the 2012 London Paralympics.
Chris now has a bench press PB of 150kg and regularly competes in the British Powerlifting Championships – he won his Cerebral Palsy (CP) category in 2015. In terms of Disabled British Strongman competitions, Chris has achieved a top three position for two years running which has resulted in him being classified as Britain’s strongest man with CP. As he competes this May to retain his British title, he will be striving to achieve qualification for the World’s Strongest Disabled Man which will take place in Norway during September. If he qualifies, Chris will need to raise the necessary funds to make his dream a reality – hence the sponsorship and PR support from TGA Mobility.
Chris explains: “I work at a superstore next to TGA’s headquarters and got talking to the Managing Director of this specialist mobility scooter supplier – Daniel Stone. Daniel was keen to understand more about my powerlifting challenges and following subsequent meetings, he kindly agreed for TGA to donate towards my training and quest to compete in Norway. I really appreciate TGA’s support, they are a fantastic family-run business who clearly care about people with disabilities. I hope to use their donation as a springboard for other sponsorship, especially as they are helping me with raising awareness. Powerlifting is so important to me and my mental health. It has put me in a far more positive place which I am sure would not have been the case if I had chosen a different path.”
Daniel Stone, TGA Managing Director adds: “Chris is an inspiration to us all – full of energy, commitment and positivity. Seeing his previous accolades really impressed me and I could see that with sponsorship, he could achieve even more. I do hope other organisations support Chris as he deserves the chance to compete at the top level. Here at TGA we help many individuals with disabilities so they achieve more from life through the support of quality, reliable products. Chris is an outstanding ambassador for his sport and we are delighted to be associated with him.”