Natasha, who has athertoid cerebral palsy, hasn’t let her disability hold her back from completing some amazing challenges over recent years, most of all her Sea and Summit challenge earlier this year – a staggering achievement which has resulted in the nomination for the Fitness First Charity challenge of the Year category.
On the 24th July, Natasha left Cowes to embark on a month-long challenge sailing her 21ft Mini Transat, Miss Isle Too, single-handed down the South West coast of England to Wales. Some 430 miles and 13 ports later, she reached Wales and completed the second half of the challenge climbing Pen y Fan, the highest mountain in South Wales.
The Sea and Summit challenge was in aid of the RNLI, the Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust and the RYA Foundation. Amazingly, Natasha has control over the boat using a sip/puff method on a specially designed system.
Natasha was selected as a finalist by the judging panel, which included Paralympic legend Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, Olympic star Beth Tweddle and Ashes winner Simon Jones following 6 weeks of public nominations.
The award ceremony is due to take place at the Grosvenor House Hotel on London’s Park Lane on Wednesday (3rd December).
UPDATE THURSDAY: At last night’s London ceremony, Natasha came out on top in the Charity Challenge of the Year category.
Amanda, Natasha’s mum, has said:
“Hopefully people will see that Tash can achieve things and that other people can as well. No matter what ability you have, there’s always that little bit extra you can achieve.”