Irwin Mitchell Offers Support Through Its Don’t Quit Do It Initiative
A para-alpine skier from Dorset who hopes to compete at the Winter Paralympics in Beijing in 2022 has received a funding boost from national law firm Irwin Mitchell as part of its ongoing campaign to support disability sport.
Alex Slegg, 27, from Poole, served in the Armed Forces until nerve damage in his back took away the use of his right leg and he spent three years confined to a wheelchair.
During that period he learnt to ski through the Battle Back Program. Alex then joined the Armed Forces Para-Snow Sport Team (AFPST) and became a full time ski racer going on to compete at international level. He was also one of five athletes recently selected to visit South Korea as part of the Paralympic Inspiration Programme, a partnership between Help for Heroes and the British Paralympic Association designed to help them prepare for competing in 2022.
Now, Irwin Mitchell has provided Alex with a grant of £500 which he is set to put towards future race entry fees, as well as accommodation and new equipment.
The law firm has provided the funding as part of its ongoing Don’t Quit, Do It initiative, which aims to highlight the benefits of disability sport and provide support to emerging talent in a range of disciplines. The campaign is backed by multiple gold medal-winning Paralympian Hannah Cockroft MBE.
Expert Opinion“Our campaign has given us a great opportunity to lend a hand to some of the best new sporting talent in the country.
“Alex undoubtedly fits the bill and this has been highlighted by his inclusion on the Paralympic Inspiration Programme. He clearly has a very bright future in his sport and we are delighted to lend a hand as he prepares for the next few years.” Andrew Buckham - Partner
Alex added: “I am very grateful to Irwin Mitchell for their support ahead of my four year journey to Beijing 2022.
“Disability sport has transformed my life since I left the Armed Forces and it is great to see an organisation like Irwin Mitchell doing their bit to raise awareness of the huge positive effects that such activities can have.
“My grant will help hugely as I prepare for the 2022 Winter Paralympic Games and I am determined to proudly serve my country once again.”
The Don’t Quit, Do It grant programme from Irwin Mitchell offers individuals, disability sport charities and groups an opportunity to apply for help with the cost of training, equipment or participation in major events. Since its launch it has provided more than £50,000 to a range of different projects in the UK.
Irwin Mitchell is a proud supporter of disability sport and has partnerships with the England Amputee Football Association, Boccia England and a host of other related organisations. Furthermore, last year the firm was the Official Legal Services Provider of the World Para Athletics Championships in London and a supporter of the Superhero Series held at Dorney Lake in Windsor.
Find out more about our Don't Quit Do It campaign.