Andrew Martin, three times World Gold Medalist in para-badminton, has received a helping hand from the people of Wellington in his quest to raise sufficient funds to compete successfully at the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics. He has received a cheque for £428.64 raised from audience donations following ‘Christmas at The Wellesley‘ on Sunday 3rd December.
The cheque was presented by Nancy Powell Brace, the instigator and driving force behind the show, and her business partner, Victoria Osborne. Nancy and Victoria are co-owners of Odette’s Tea Room in Wellington High Street and are supporting Andrew’s fund-raising.
Andrew, who is entirely self-funded, won his third World Championship Gold Medal in mixed doubles in Korea last month with his partner, Rachel Choong. They are also double European Championship Gold Medalists. He received a special mention from sports commentator Jim Rosenthal at the recent Sports Journalists Association Awards in the Pavilion at the Tower of London for his unique achievement.
Para-badminton is now officially included in the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics for the first time, providing Andrew with special motivation. He said, “I’d like to bring back a Paralympic Gold Medal for England and for the town.”
Andrew (29) is now targeting the next major para-badminton event – the European Championships in 2018 which will take place in Rodez in Southern France. The following year he hopes to compete in the World Championships once again in Basel, Switzerland. Both of the events are important stepping stones on the road to Tokyo.
He is raising funds for his Paralympic challenge through his ‘GoFundMe’ page and a collection point in Odette’s Tea Room in the High Street, Wellington. Other local companies – including the Wellington Weekly and Wellington Co-op – have also added their support.