25 July 2019
A young superhero from Shropshire has been chosen to partner two Paralympic gold medallists at the 2019 Superhero series – the UK’s only disability sports series for the everyday superhero – and is fundraising on behalf of two Shropshire hospital trusts.
Tom McIntyre, 7 from Bourton, near Much Wenlock, will be taking part in the Superhero Tri with Menna Fitzpatrick and Jen Kehoe, the team that won gold in the visually-impaired slalom at the 2018’s Winter Paralympics in South Korea.
The race takes place on Saturday 17 August and aims to create fun, full-throttle mass-participation challenges where people with disabilities call the shots and don’t have to worry about cut-off times or equipment restrictions.
Tom was born with a rare condition called PFFD (Proximal Femoral Focal Deficiency) which means that his right femur is not growing correctly. At the age of one old he had his foot and ankle amputated to enable him to have a prosthetic fitted and when he was four he had part of his femur removed and his hip reconstructed.
Speaking about the race, Tom said: “I’m very excited to be running on a team again. The Superhero Series is one of my favourite things to do and I love going.
“I’m a bit nervous about being interviewed for the television, but I remember being filmed last year and I loved it because I got to meet Jonnie Peacock for a second time.”
Tom’s mum Caroline, who works at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust
(SaTH), which runs the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital and the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford, said: “Anyone who knows me knows that I am enormously proud of Tom. “My heart bursts with pride that he has been chosen to partner the fantastic Jennifer Kehoe and Menna Fitzpatrick at this year’s Superhero Tri.
“Tom has never let his disability stop him, and, from starting at tumble tots when he was 18
months, he is sports mad. Tom now regularly plays tennis, cricket, football, multi-skills and gymnastics as well as trying lots of other sports.
“This year Tom is raising money for two charities: the SaTH End of Life Care Swan Fund and The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (RJAH).
“It is 10 years this year since my father passed away at SaTH, and the care and dignity the staff showed him in his final hours made his passing so much easier.
“Tom has been cared for at RJAH since birth and the fantastic Mr Kiely and his team have performed all his surgeries and recuperation.”
- To donate to SaTH’s End of Life Cre Sward Fund, visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Caroline-McIntyre6
- To donate to RJAH, visit:www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Caroline-McIntyre5