More than 120 business leaders and guests heard the inspirational story of wheelchair racer Sammi Kinghorn at the latest Business Cub event held at Welford Road this week.
Sammi, who is the current 200m world record holder, took time out of her training for the Tokyo Paralympics in 2020 to talk during the networking lunch and share her story on Wednesday afternoon.
The Business Club welcomes special guests from a variety of backgrounds such as sport, industry and media, to headline the tri-annual lunch.
Event sponsor and club partner Mattioli Woods have long supported and funded Sammi since she first took up the sport in 2011.
Still only 24 years old, Sammi races for Team GB in a number of events including the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m T53 classification and expresses her desire to be the fastest-ever female in her sport.
Following a two-course lunch, Sammi took the stage and opened up on her journey, as well as sharing the story of her life-changing injury, suffered on the family farm when she was a teenager.
Battling through recovery, she went on to talk about how life changed in the short-term as well as the first time she saw a wheelchair racer in full flow.
Instantly inspired, she took up the sport and within a few years made her Paralympic debut in Rio and has since continued to set the pace in the sport.
Following her talk, and a standing ovation from a room packed with guests and business leaders from across the region, Mattioli Woods head of strategic communication Anna Price presented Sammi with a special gift, including her very own printed Leicester Tigers shirt.
The next Business Club which will take place on Wednesday, May 6 and will welcome guest speaker Simon Weston CBE, the British Army veteran-turned-campaigner.
Members of the Business Club are invited to three events at Welford Road throughout the year with the opportunity to network with our room of partners alongside dining at the home of the Leicester Tigers.
Places on the Business Club are available by contacting the corporate sales team on 0116 217 1215 or clicking the link below.