After becoming paralysed from the neck down, Matt Hampson has turned his career as a rugby player into the driving force behind his motivational speeches. His experience of travesty has shaped him as a person, spurring Matt to raise money for UK charity Spinal Research. Matt has even founded his own charity, the Matt Hampson Foundation, which provides advice and support for those suffering with life-threatening injuries. When booked for events, he can inspire audiences with his incredible story of strength, encouraging them to overcome hurdles in their own lives.
In 2005, while training with England's U21 team for the 21 Six Nations, Matt was a part of a scrum that collapsed. His neck was dislocated, severing his spinal cord and changing his life forever. Now, Matt breathes through a ventilator and moves around in a wheelchair, but that hasn't stopped him from inspiring others with his story. His charity work is divided between several foundations, including Spinal Research and the Matt Hampshire Foundation. When booked for charity fundraisers, Matt can present with the confidence and eloquence that you would expect from such an inspiring man. His ability to handle challenging topics with sensitivity ensures that your event is a success.
Following his accident, Matt decided to dedicate his life to helping others suffering with serious injuries or conditions. He created the Get Busy Living Centre, which operates out of an unused aircraft hangar in Leicestershire. The space provides tailored gym equipment and therapy spaces for disabled individuals and their families to grow and develop together. After his accident, Matt released Engage: The Fall and Rise of Matt Hampson, an award-winning book that showcased his journey of recovery. It was awarded the 2011 William Hill Irish Sports Book of the Year and the 2012 British Sports Book Awards.
Matt's promising rugby career was turned on its head when he suffered his accident, but he hasn't let it define him. He discusses this experience as a motivational speaker, showcasing to audiences the milestones he has gone on to achieve in the face of adversity. Inspiring, resilient and engaging, Matt leaves audiences with a new perspective on life, proving that tragedy must never limit your overall quality of life.