Leon Taylor has Cerebral Palsy and is a former Paralympic footballer. He’s an Ambassador and Trustee of Cerebral Palsy Sport and also the UK representative of the World CP Day Committee. Here’s his blog. . .
I was born with Cerebral Palsy, which predominantly affects the right side of my body. As a former Paralympic footballer I now strive to help others with the condition to realise their sporting potential through my work as an Ambassador and Trustee for the charity Cerebral Palsy Sport. Last year I was invited to become the UK representative on the World CP Day Committee.
World CP Day has been celebrated each October since 2012, with more than 60 countries across the world now recognising it. As a person who has lived with the condition since birth I am proud to be the spokesperson for the work of the World CP Day committee in the UK.
This year I am delighted that World CP Day will see the announcement of the inaugural World Cerebral Palsy Day Awards. I really enjoyed judging all of the entries along with my fellow colleagues who sit on the World CP Day committee.
They serve as an opportunity to promote six key areas for change, which have been identified as the biggest barriers for people with Cerebral Palsy worldwide.
• Public Awareness
• Civil Rights
• Quality of Life
• Making Our Contribution
On Friday 6th October I will be celebrating World CP Day 2017 by wearing green and using social media to raise awareness.