If you would like to donate to a charity please click on one of the links below
Donate for cancer research
Cancer research donations go to the "Swim Across America charity" and will benefit the University of California San Francisco Children's Hospital.
Donate to The Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby Association
Donations will go to customized wheelchairs for the British team for the 2008 Beijing paralympics
Swim Across America, Inc. (SAA) is dedicated to raising money and awareness for cancer research, prevention and treatment through swimming related events.
Colleen Vojvodich introduced me to open water swimming, to the South End Rowing Club, to the idea of swimming in San Francisco Bay, and that crossing the English Channel was possible. Raising money through “Swim Across America” for cancer research is my way of saying thankyou and paying tribute to her.
Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby Association
I am raising money for the Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby Association in honor of my friend Justin Frishberg and for the team as they prepare for the 2008 Paralympics.
Justin and I went to the same schools in England from the age of 7. Justin has always been an excellent sportsman and the way he has always taken on new challenges, inspires me as I face the Channel.
He was left paralysed from the waist down, after breaking his neck while playing rugby with me at Oxford for Balliol College. He has since been playing for the London Wheelchair Rugby Club, helping them win the Europa Cup before being selected for the GB 2004 Paralympic Squad. Sadly a semi-final defeat in Athens to New Zealand was followed by a loss to the USA in the bronze medal playoff.
The sport originated in Canada in the 70’s under the title ‘Murderball’. It is played in specialised, lightweight sports chairs on a standard basketball court with goals and key areas marked out at both ends. A volleyball is used and the object of the game is to score by carrying the ball over the opponent’s line and between the two cones. It is believed to be the fastest growing wheelchair sport in the world. After being a demonstration event at the 1996 Paralympic Games in Atlanta, wheelchair rugby became a full medal sport at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games.
Some of the story of the Athens games can be seen in the film “Murderball” which was nominated for an Oscar.
The film concentrates on the American and Canadian teams.
Murderball DVD on Amazon.com
Murderball DVD on Amazon.co.uk
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