Steve Tarrant, 51 from Poole in Dorset, is the F1 crash surviving disabled motorsport marshal who set a new 24hr World Record on a TGA mobility scooter in June at The Mobility Roadshow and is currently engaged in official medal bearing duties at the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Steve Tarrant is an inspirational disabled motorsport marshal who survived a highly publicised near-fatal crash incident at Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2000. He marshals at around 30-40 motorsport events per year such as the Le Mans 24 Hours, Petit Le Mans at Atlanta and Goodwood meetings. Steve lost a leg above the knee and suffered multiple injuries when an F1 racing car collided with him at over 100mph whilst marshaling on the finish line at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Steve managed to miraculously pull through following this terrible accident and established a new world record on a TGA Breeze S4 mobility scooter this summer by travelling 173.287miles (278.88km) in 24 hours. Despite appalling track conditions and extreme weather, he completed 830 laps of the Peterborough Arena Speedway Track thanks to the support of his motorsport colleagues and a TGA pit crew. Steve raised funds for his chosen charity, Accessible Motorsport, which provides driving experiences for people with disabilities , and the TGA nominated charity, The Royal British Legion. Following this epic world record, Steve continues to use his funky TGA Vita mobility scooter for independence and being in the media spotlight with official Games Maker and victory ceremony medal bearing duties at the sailing venue in Weymouth.
Over 240,000 people across the UK applied to be a London 2012 Games Makers and Steve was one of 70,000 who were successful. He was selected to both assist visitors to the sailing venues but also more importantly, to help present medals to several of the winning sailors including Team GB's silver medalists Ian Percy and Andrew Simpson. Ian and Andrew came second in the Star class as the Australian team just narrowly beat them, which Steve said resulted in the pair being very disappointed. However, on a more positive note, Steve also presented medals to several other Team GB sailors including silver medal winners Luke Patience and Stuart Bithell and Hannah Mills and Saskia Clark who were all delighted with their achievements.
Steve was notified that he would be a Games Maker during Sept 2011 and since then has been involved with venue and role specific training, several rehearsals and fitting of his custom made Olympic and Paralympic uniforms. Both sporting events have been phenomenal for Steve as he explains: "It has been and continues to be, a real honour for me being officially involved with the Olympics and Paralympics. I fully admire the dedication and commitment of all the athletes involved especially Ben Ainslie and the retired Sir Steve Redgrave who I was lucky enough to meet and chat to during the proceedings. When Ben won his fourth gold member at this year's Games you could clearly see how much this meant to him as he went and took stock of his achievement by crouching at the shore's edge for a few minutes, looking out to sea alone, before attending the press conference. Sir Steve was very impressed that I had been selected to be a medal bearer as he felt my history highlighted what can be achieved with a disability, which is indicative of the Paralympics as a whole. We chatting in general about my recent achievements and this fantastic moment was followed up by meeting The Princess Royal, Princess Anne. I continue to revel in my official Paralympic Games Maker role and look forward to relaying my recollections to all the many people I meet when riding around on my eye catching orange TGA Vita. 2012 has been a truly amazing year for me with the world record attempt thanks to TGA and now official involvement during the Games. What next I ask myself?!"
Daniel Stone, TGA Managing Director concludes: "Once again Steve's commitment and involvement at the Games to help raise awareness regarding achievement with a disability should be admired. Steve has also clearly shown the remarkable difference a non-traditional looking Vita mobility scooter can make to levels of independence in terms of everyday living and well-being along with added personal achievement. His determination earlier in the year to drive one of our TGA mobility scooter for 24 hours to break a World Record was inspiring and I do not think LOCOG could have selected a better individual for medal bearing duties at the Olympic and Paralympic Games."
Steve continues to raise donations for two charities -
To donate to Accessible Motorsport, please send a PayPal donation
To donate to the Royal British Legion, please donate via: www.justgiving.com/steve-tarrant