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Inspirational Paralympian Steve Brown to join in the fun at the Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International

Inspirational presenter, speaker and Paralympian Steve Brown will be in Beverley later this month as he joins in the events ahead of the Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International.

Steve Brown

Steve, who is a presenter on programmes such as Countryfile and Springwatch, will be in Saturday Market on Saturday, 21 September to cheer on the para-athletes as they leave Beverley and race to Harrogate.

Steve, who captained the GB wheelchair rugby team at the London 2012 Paralympics, will also be speaking about this own inspiring journey of injury and recovery, life’s pressures and aiming for excellence as well as meeting those taking part in the parade cycle ride.

It was in 2005 when a simple accident changed Steve’s life forever. He tripped and fell from a first-floor balcony which resulted in the dislocation of one of the cervical vertebrae, trapping his spinal cord and paralysing him from the chest down.

After months of recovery, Steve hit a turning point and after leaving hospital he joined the London Wheelchair Rugby Club. In 2006 he was given a place in the GB wheelchair rugby squad. The following year he was part of the team that won gold in the IWRF European Championships and in 2011 Steve was awarded the captaincy.

In the build up to the 2012 London Paralympics, Steve was involved in a series of Channel 4 documentaries as well as the Paralympic campaign, SuperHumans.

Since 2012, Steve’s presenting career has flourished and he has worked with broadcasters including the BBC, ITV as well as Sky and in 2017, he embarked on a 900 mile journey alongside five other people with different physical disabilities for the BBC One series Without Limits: Vietnam.

More recently, and since his retirement from sport, Steve has diversified his range as a presenter and in 2017 became a regular part of the BBC’s Countryfile team.

In March, 2018, Steve won the new on-screen talent award at the Royal Television Society West of England awards.

Councillor Richard Burton, leader of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “I’m delighted that someone of Steve’s calibre is coming to Beverley to help us celebrate the start of the 2019 Para-Cycling International.

“The race itself will see athletes who, through sheer determination and strength, have made them world-class and I hope, that having Steve share his story about how he overcame his disability, people will leave having been inspired and feeling that anything is possible.”

The Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International will take place on Saturday, 21 September and for the first time the race will take place alongside the UCI Road Cycling Championships.

Athletes from every Paralympic road racing classification will be taking part in the race with riders in Beverley either riding tandems, which involves a visually-impaired rider with a sighted pilot on the front or bicycles which have been adapted for riders with physical impairments.

The athletes, which will also include Beverley-born Adam Duggleby and his partially-sighted rider Steve Bate, will leave Saturday Market around 12noon and race through Bishop Burton, Market Weighton, Holme on Spalding Moor, Foggathorpe and Bubwith to the finish in Harrogate.

Alongside the race there will be a programme of fun and free events for all ages and abilities taking place in Saturday Market between 10am and 4pm.

People of all ages and abilities will also be able to register for a free family-friendly parade cycle ride which will leave Saturday Market at 11am and take in part of the actual race route before stopping at one of two points on the Westwood to cheer the cyclists on their way.

There will also be a stunt cycle team, the chance to try out some crazy and weird bikes as well as having a go on a pump track.

Viking FM breakfast presenters Alex and Ellie will also be attending and hosting a number of live music acts throughout the afternoon.

For more information or to register for the parade cycle ride go to www.parabikefest.co.uk

Please note – there will be no Saturday Market taking place on the day of the race (Saturday, 21 September) but the market will return as normal the following week.

For more information about the Yorkshire 2019 Para-Cycling International and the UCI Road World Championships go to www.worlds.yorkshire.com or www.eastriding.gov.uk/paracycling