Dawn take top spot in sporty competition

Ilkeston mum-of-two Dawn Campion receives her prize from Wheelblazers chairman Martin Austin.
Ilkeston mum-of-two Dawn Campion receives her prize from Wheelblazers chairman Martin Austin.

A disabled mum-of-two has won the gold medal in an Olympic- and Paralympic-themed competition.

Dawn Campion won the £100 top prize in Active Derbyshire’s Inspired by the Games competition after revealing how sport had given her a new lease of life.

The 29-year-old said: It really has been an amazing summer and the effect of the extra activity has had on me will last a long time – my confidence has been boosted and I’m able to do more ‘mum’ things with my two young children, even simple things like giving my husband a break by taking them to play in the park.”

As part of her summer of activity Dawn joined the Derby Wheelblazers Wheelchair Basketball team as well as taking part in the Derbyshire Baton Challenge, which involved carrying the baton from the Olympic Stadium back to Matlock via a 205 mile route.

“People have asked if sport is the best thing for me, but I cannot sit on the sofa getting fat,” said Dawn, whose condition causes her bones to dislocate easily.

“This feeling is so good and my wheelchair is part of the sport. A summer of experiences all down to working with my disability and not letting my disability rule my life.”