The PlayItForward initiative, which is Microgaming’s charity, has just announced that their newest ambassador is a Para athlete, called Ben Grainger.
Microgaming has been a sponsor of the Para Swimming Team from Isle of Man since 2015. It’s the first swimming team of this kind from the island, and it helps individuals to compete. This swimming team is managed through IOMSA (which is the Swimming Association from Isle of Man). Its members have taken part at both local and international events and they’ve had great success.
Ben Grainger, the latest Microgaming ambassador, is a young swimmer that is part of the team. The other two ambassadors at the moment are Laura Kinley (another swimmer) and Joseph Ricciardi (a triathlete), and they have benefited from the support of the initiative, which helped them compete worldwide.
As for Ben, he’s only 14 years old, yet he has shown a lot of talent when it comes to swimming. He’s qualified to national events and he has swam together with some of the world’s most well known Paralympic swimmers. When he was just 11 years old, he took part and took home 5 medals from National Para Swimming Championship. He competed in events for 50m and 100m, freestyle.
One year after that, he took part in the British Disability Championship of 2015, and he won once again, in the category for Under-13 competitors. He took home two silver and three gold medals. He is now an athlete for Swimming Para Academy, where 49 swimmers are preparing to take part in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics.
He has continued to compete in various events since then, and he has won medals on multiple occasions, swimming as a Para athlete. The latest competition he took part in is the Sheffield based British Para Swimming International. Despite being against very accomplished swimmers, he had great times in all seven events in which he competed. He was the first reserve for the 100m final, breaststroke style and he finished in 4th place in the final for Talent Tokyo.
He has proven time and time again that he is a special young man, and he was received three awards for Disability Sports Person in 2014, in 2015 and again in 2016. He also received three Sports Awards from Isle of Man.
Ben plans to be a competitor in the Paralympics that will take place in Tokyo, in 2020. He will start training for this purpose by taking advantage of the couching programme that is provded at UK’s Mount Kelly School.
The Head of the PlayItForward initiative, Claire Coleman, declare that they’re excited about welcoming Ben to their Ambassador programme. He has demonstrated that he has what it takes to be a role model, which is what Microgaming is looking for in an Ambassador.