Inspiring Others and Changing Lives
Rob is a great example of someone who has been touched by the power of sport – someone who wouldn’t wear shorts as he didn’t want anyone to know about my disability, to 10 years later performing without his leg on in front of huge crowds at London 2012. Through his incredible journey, Rob has been able to visit schools and companies across the country to teach the game, to inspire and show that you can make a difference and that it is okay to embrace being different.It’s been the most rewarding part of captaining his country and so the opportunity to continue this work with Sporting Champions is fantastic and Rob hopes to be able give back some of his knowledge and experience.
Rob has also been an ambassador for Sainsbury’s, The Princes Trust and worked with many other schools and companies, whether it be coaching days or motivational speaking at corporate events.
"We always know that when we get Rob he will go above and beyond to make the young people feel important and will take the time to chat to as many young people as he can, inspiring them all. He has such a kind and friendly nature that the young people warm to him straight away, he also can talk and influence key partners on the day with his knowledge of his sport but also how it can be used to inspire and engage young people."
Jo Danvers, Northamptonshire School Games
"The experience was first class, from the moment Rob arrived to the moment he left he had a smile on his face, was looking to engage with young people and certainly brought added value to our festival as a role model and an ambassador for sport."
James Payne, Suffolk School Games
"The visit of Paralympic athlete Rob Richardson gave the children at the Kent School Games a greater appreciation of Paralympic sport and what is achievable."
Mike Bishop, Kent School Games
"Rob was inspiring and a pleasure to work with. He really made the day extra special for all the children taking part." Ellen Valint,Norfolk School Games
Rob has been the captain of the GB British Sitting Volleyball men's team since 2009. He was introduced to Sitting Volleyball when it first started to develop as a sport in 2005 and he really enjoys the team element of the game.After making his debut at the 2007 European Championships, Rob is now one of the more experienced athletes on the team, having earned 86 caps throughout his career. He wears the No. 7 shirt whilst competing and his dominant position on the court is Setter.
Having been born with a deformed foot, before having an amputation when Rob was 15, he had always focused on fitting in at school and not standing out because of his disability. It is because of this that he never got involved in Paralympic sport until in his 20’s. But what has become apparent since is the power of sport and how embracing this can really change lives. He went to a talent day organised by Paralympics GB and Sitting Volleyball was being set up in the UK, Rob joined the team and has not looked back since.
Rob helped in making an impact to young people’s lives and raising aspirations whilst working on the Sporting Champions programme, and is now looking to inspire your audience by sharing his secret of what it takes to be the best you can!
London 2012 Paralympic Games – 8th
2010 World Championships - 17th
2013 European Championships – 9th; 2011 European Championships - 9th ; 2009 European Championships - 10th; ; 2007 European Championships - 12th
2013, 2011, 2010,National Champion
Record holder British International Caps
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