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Encouragement Messages From Richard Whitehead

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The London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games brought us so many encouragement messages. Some of the most inspiring were those provided by the paralympians who showed us that disabilities were no obstacles to success.

One of the greatest providers of encouragement messages was a determined hero by the name of Richard Whitehead.

Born in 1976 in Lowdham, Nottinghamshire, Richard lost both his legs above the knee. This would stop many people from enjoying an active life but Richard had other ideas. Earlier activities included working as a swimming teacher in Nottingham and playing ice sledge hockey.

Richard Whitehead Acknowledges the Crowd Before the London Anniversary Games July 2013


Richard got involved in athletics after being inspired by the encouragement messages provided by a documentary about Canadian amputee marathon runner Terry Fox. Richard continued with his ice sledge hockey at the 2006 Winter Paralympics in Turin.

After that time however he decided to concentrate on running, covering short distances at first but then ran the New York marathon in 2004. He now holds the world records for double amputation in both the half and full marathons. In 2010, in Chicago, he beat his own world record over 26 miles.

London 2012 was Richard’s first serious competition for sprinting and he astounded onlookers by blitzing the opposition in the T42 200 metres sprint to win the gold medal. He then treated the huge crowd to a demonstration of his ‘two-guns’ trademark pose.

Earlier this year, Richard received became a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the New Years honours.

Writing on his website, Richard says, “I’m a strong believer in living a life without limits, what my life has been about is accepting who you are and making the most of it. Once you’ve done that, you can push the barriers as far as they’ll go.”

Richard Whitehead is not content with the encouragement messages he has provided so far: later in 2013, he will run 40 marathons in 40 days as he runs from Land’s End to John O’Groats in aid of charity. To donate or get involved, visit his website

To find out more about this amazing man and get more encouragement messages from him, visit his own website.


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