Paralympic swimmer Matthew Walker MBE and Paralympic footballer Martin Sinclair have been inducted into Cerebral Palsy Sport Hall of Fame at our Awards evening on 6th October 2019 – World Cerebral Palsy Day.
Matthew Walker MBE
Matthew is a four times Paralympian with multiple Paralympic, World and European swimming titles to his name. Matthew was born with Cerebral Palsy and started swimming as part of his physio which he hated. With the support of his family and swimming instructors he progressed though, local championships, county championships, CP galas, Nationals and onto European and World Championships. He has represented Great Britain at four Paralympic Games and he has medalled at all four Games including London 2012 where he dedicated his medal to his later father.
Matthew has been a Sporting Ambassador for Cerebral Palsy Sport since 2015 and coaches at the City of Manchester Aquatic Swim Team with the Matt Walker Academy for Disability Swimming and more recently swim North West Disability
To read Matthew’s Hall of Fame Story, please click here
Martin is an English footballer who plays for the England Cerebral Palsy team, as well as being a SaintsAbility Development Officer for Saints Foundation. Sinclair’s catchphrase is “It’s about showcasing players ability, rather than their disability”.
Martin was born with cerebral palsy but still had ambitions of playing football and he realised those dreams. Martin was born with cerebral palsy but still had ambitions of playing football. Martin was selected to represent Great Britain at the London 2012 Summer Paralympic Games as part of a twelve-player squad for the 7-a-side football event. Martin and his brother Scott became the first brothers to represent Great Britain at a Paralympic and Olympic Games in the same year.
Martin has over 50 caps for England and he came out of retirement in 2016 and in 2018 was selected to represent England at the IFCPF European Championships in the Netherlands. In July 2019 Martin was again selected to represent England at the IFCPF Cerebral Palsy Football World Cup in Spain.
To read Maartin’s Hall of Fame Story, please click here