GetOutside Champion: Matthew Dieumegard-Thornton
Matthew is a true Himalayan adventurer!
With the Six Nations kicking off this weekend and the Rugby World Cup starting later this year, GetOutside Champion Gus Mckechnie was lucky enough to play wheelchair rugby with some of the games biggest stars as they prepare for an Everest Challenge!
It's one of the most unique challenges in 2019 and the group gathered in Southampton to prepare, train and pick their teams. The Wooden Spoon LMAX Everest challenge team are aiming to play the highest games of touch and sevens rugby at Everest. Climbing 6,500 metres up Mount Everest, these 30 individuals are taking on the challenge with the hope to raise £200,000 for disabled and disadvantaged children across the UK and Ireland, and set a couple of world records in the process.
The teams are made up of rugby stars and Wooden spoon volunteers, including Shame Williams and Tamara Taylor.
Shane is Welsh rugby’s all-time leading try scorer and has won the Six Nations tournament. Tamara Taylor has over a 100 caps in English Women’s rugby, plus won the Women’s Six Nations with England and the World Cup.
Tamara Taylor captained Gus for the mini wheelchair rugby tournament hosted by the Solent Sharks and Solent University.
I’ve been a rugby fan since I was little but never thought I would get to play any kind of rugby with internationals stars!
Gus who was born with cerebral palsy, suffered torn ligaments and fractured his neck playing rugby when he was fifteen. “Rehabbing that injury and not being able to be physically active made me really understand what it was like to not have any opportunities to GetOutside. Wooden Spoon’s challenge is about granting disadvantaged children opportunities they may not have”.
The Everest team have had training weekends in the Lake District and at Ben Nevis. The charity are also challenging the public to Climb their Own Everest - 8,848 metres as an individual or as a team. Run, walk, cycle, swim, row or climb – there’s loads of ways to make up the metres, whilst raising valuable funds for Wooden Spoon in the process.