A disabled teenager’s determination has inspired the current Miss Rugby to take on the unusual challenge of playing wheelchair rugby – against the England team.
Today (Sunday), Natalie Nason, who was crowned Miss Rugby in January, will join current Mr Rugby Rory Howe and fellow Miss England finalists to play against the England Wheelchair Rugby 7s to help raise funds for the Wheelchair Awareness Charity.
The 21-year-old, who has never been in a wheelchair before and only experienced rugby when she played the ‘tag’ version of the game at primary school, was inspired by 17-year-old Calum Mayes, who she came across through the charity.
Calum was born eight weeks premature and has faced challenges throughout his life – including having to lose one of his legs at the age of 14 due to infections and ulcers.
Natalie said: “Calum is currently doing a walk from Leicester to Blackpool across four to five days, being pushed in his wheelchair, to raise funds for some charities which have supported him.
“He is such a lovely, kind-hearted young man and such an inspirational person.
“I’ll find it very challenging and good experience to see life without using my legs.”
Natalie, who takes on a charity challenge each month as set by the current Miss England via Facebook, is also looking forward to taking part – alongside her fiance and current Mr Coventry Tom Bradshaw – in the final of the Mr and Miss England competition at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry next month.
The wheelchair rugby match takes place at the Diamond Jubilee Sports Centre in Bruce Williams Way, Rugby, from 2pm to 4pm.
To keep up to date with Natalie’s challenges, search for ‘Natalie Nason - Miss Rugby 2015’ on Facebook or follow her on Twitter @support natalie3 and to sponsor her, visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/MissRugby15