HELLYER Ashleigh < Back  
Sport Para Athletics
CGA Wales   
Gender Men
Born 16 Feb 1991 in Swansea, WAL
Weight 115 kg
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment Cerebral Palsy
Classification F33
Further Personal Information
Residence Swansea, WAL
Occupation Athlete
Languages English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He took up para-athletics in 2009.
Why this sport? He was introduced to athletics by coach Anthony Hughes. "I love the training and being part of a great team. I am also motivated by the chance to compete at the highest level on the world stage."
Name of coach Paula Dunn [national], GBR; Anthony Hughes [persona], GBR
General Interest
Nicknames Ash (swansea.gov.uk, 28 Aug 2012)
Hobbies Spending time with friends. (sportsaid.org.uk, 14 May 2015)
Most influential person in career Coach Anthony Hughes. (sportsaid.org.uk, 14 May 2015)
Hero / Idol British footballer Ryan Giggs. (sportsaid.org.uk, 14 May 2015)
Awards and honours He was one of five athletes to be chosen to carry the Paralympic flame as it passed through Swansea, Wales, in 2012. (disability-sport-wales.org, 27 Aug 2012)

He was named Swansea Senior Disability Sports Personality in 2010 and Swansea Junior Disability Sport Personality of the Year in 2006. (swansea.gov.uk, 28 Aug 2012)
Other sports He has competed in para-cycling at national level. (britishcycling.org.uk, 16 Aug 2015)
Impairment He has cerebral palsy, which affects all four of his limbs. (bbc.co.uk, 08 Sep 2010)
Other information COMPENSATION
A delay in his delivery at birth meant his mother's womb had reduced oxygen flow, resulting in his impairment. In 2001 his family were given 2.1 million GBP as compensation from Swansea NHS Trust in Wales. (news.bbc.co.uk, 20 Nov 2001)