Young Nathan Freeman of Worthing has won The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Award for Inspirational Young People, for his services to wheelchair racing.
The Diana Award was established in 1999 in memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, and her belief that young people have the power to change the world for the better. Nathan was one of only 750 young people from all around the world to receive one. The Award is committed to fostering, inspiring and developing positive change in the lives of young people through practical social action and has the support of both her sons The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry.
Nathan was born with cerebral palsy but has always loved sport. He joined an athletics club in 2013 and began wheelchair racing, but as he grew the cost of a new racing chair became prohibitive for his family. His mum Kim applied to Sussex charity The Starr Trust for an Edward Starr Award and the charity paid for a custom made racing chair for Nathan in 2015.
Since then he has been busy competing and was able to enter his first London Mini Marathon earlier this year where he came an incredible 3rd and won his first British Athletics medal! Nathan wants to represent team GB in the Paralympics 2020 and Nicole Carman from the Starr Trust told us that they could not be prouder of Nathan’s achievements.