July 26, 2012

Going for gold: Withy King sponsors Paralympian Katrina Hart

Withy King is sponsoring Paralympian athlete Katrina Hart who is currently training at the University of Bath’s Sports Training Village in preparation for the London Paralympic Games.

Katrina Hart, a 200m sprinter and University of Bath alumnus, has cerebral palsy and competes in the T37 class. A neuromuscular condition affecting movement, posture and coordination, Katrina’s cerebral palsy manifests itself in the left side of her body – affecting her arm and leg.

Withy King’s specialist clinical negligence team has a national reputation for dealing with cerebral palsy-related claims. The firm’s £3,000 sponsorship will be used to cover training and travel costs in the run up to this summer’s Games.

[caption id="attachment_3121" align="alignnone" width="588"]Katrina Hart pictured with Simon Elliman, partner at Withy King Katrina Hart pictured with Simon Elliman, partner at Withy King[/caption]

Simon Elliman, partner and head of the Clinical Negligence team at Withy King, said: “We are proud to sponsor Katrina at the Paralympic Games this summer. Katrina is a real gold medal contender and I’m looking forward to attending the Games and seeing her compete.

“Withy King has close links to a number of cerebral palsy charities, and I have run half-marathons to raise money for several of them. Katrina is a great inspiration for many people and we are really pleased to be associated with her.”

Running competitively at an international level since 2005, the London Games will be Katrina’s second Paralympics. Katrina won her first Gold medal for England at the Commonwealth Games in 2010, setting a new British record. In the same year, Katrina took home Gold in the 200m at the World Championships.

Katrina said: “I’ve always been athletic – my two older sisters were sporty as children and it really helped to bring out both my confidence and my competitive spirit. I was also lucky enough to have great PE teachers throughout my school days – one of whom was also a GB athlete. She inspired me to think that anything was possible if you put your mind to it. I think it’s brilliant that Withy King has got involved and helped to make it all possible.”

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