Toby wins prestigious national award

Toby Sweeney-Croft, who was left paralysed from the waist down six years ago, won a prestigious national award. 

The energetic nine-year-old has been on many of Back Up’s courses and has also received support from our Schools Inclusion service.

He has been picked from hundreds of nominations to win the category of Inspiration Child in the national WellChild Awards 2015.

 “He is a wonderful character and his energy is a support to many other children and families with spinal cord injury,” Beth, Back Up’s Under 18s Manager, said.

At Back Up, he has been described as someone who has a “contagious smile and a positive impact on those he is around.”

During a Back Up course, Toby learnt vital wheelchair skills, such as back wheel balancing. "I was excited at the start of the course and now I feel happy," Toby said. 

Toby’s disability doesn’t stop him from living life to the fullest. 
“He trains twice a week wheelchair racing and takes part in triathlons which involves wheelchair racing, cycling and swimming and helps charities with fundraising,” Becky, Toby’s mother, said in an interview with the Leicester Mercury.

After watching the London Paralympics in 2012, Toby has also been inspired to become a sportsman.

"It helped him to realise that being disabled doesn't mean you can't accomplish things, you just have to do them in a different way,” Becky said.

The awards ceremony will be held in London on October 5. 

Congratulations, Toby!