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Hambo Throwdown 2024

MEDIA RELEASE: On behalf of the Matt Hampson Foundation

Hambo Throwdown 2024

This summer’s inaugural Hambo Throwdown is the first all-wheelchair-user functional fitness event in the UK. 

The Matt Hampson Foundation charity is organising this event to give active wheelchair users an opportunity to satisfy their demand for competition within an inclusive, specifically-adapted fitness competition. 

As an inclusive event, the Hambo Throwdown will also bring together top athletes in the world of para sport alongside first-time competitors. 

Hosted at The Panic Gym in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire on Saturday 10th August, the Hambo Throwdown will be open to spectators, with food and refreshments available, plus DJ alongside the high-quality para sport.

There are four seated divisions in the competition – with hip function, without hip function, without core function and quadriplegic – and entry is via the sign-up link at

https://competitioncorner.net/events/13146

The Matt Hampson Foundation inspires and supports young people seriously injured through sport and sporting activity. Through expert physiotherapy, specialist personal training, support, mentoring and advice, the Foundation helps people with life-changing injuries to ‘get busy living’ again.

The Foundation’s Get Busy Living Centre in Leicestershire was opened in 2018 as the brainchild of founder and former Leicester Tigers rugby player Matt Hampson who himself experienced a life-changing injury during training with England Under-21s in 2005 which left him paralysed from the neck down, aged just 20.

Matt didn’t lament what he’d lost, but instead decided to focus on the things he could still do and to ‘get busy living’. He established the Foundation to help others after similar catastrophic injuries to receive the support they need to rebuild their lives. He was awarded an OBE in 2022 for his services to achievements.

Beneficiaries of the Foundation are able to draw on the experience and knowledge of people who have been on the same journey. They develop the tools and skills they need to move on as they start to rebuild their lives. At the Centre, they can also be part of a strong social scene as they retrain to focus on what they can do – not what they can’t – and where they can progress to the point where they provide support to others.