An Actor and an Athlete

Posted - February 2018 in HSPRF News

2 HSPers hitting the big time


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Archie Blomfield, an HSPer from the UK, took centre stage at the Hammersmith Apollo theatre at Christmas in the stage adaptation of the bestselling children’s book, The Christmasaurus, by McFly member Tom Fletcher.


Young wheelchair user, Archie said: ‘It’s brilliant to have been cast as the lead role of William Trundle. The Christmasaurus is one of my favourite books and I love acting, so I couldn’t believe it when they told me I had the part. This is the first time I have ever acted on the stage so it’s really exciting.’


The Christmasaurus written by Tom Fletcher features a young wheelchair user, William Trundle, as he embarks on an action-packed magical adventure on Christmas Eve with a dinosaur named Christmasaurus and Santa Claus. The book was written in consultation with Whizz-Kidz in order to accurately represent the experiences of a young wheelchair user.


Tom Fletcher said: ‘I’m thrilled that The Christmasaurus has made it to the stage this year and with Archie as the lead it is going to be a brilliant show. He is a fantastic actor and we knew as soon as we met him that he would be perfect for the role. It was just by the chance that Archie has also recently received his wheelchair from Whizz-Kidz, of which I am a patron and who also advised me on the book.


‘Seeing more representation for disabled children and young people in the media and across the performing arts is vital, which is why we cast a young wheelchair user in the role of William.’

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Whizz-kidz, 20 December 2017


Taking the Stage




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Joy Rondeau, an HSPer from the USA, has been named in the US Paralympic team and will make her debut at the Paralympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 in South Korea from March 9-18, competing in biathlon and cross-country skiing.


Rondeau finished second in a field of two women in the 800-meter sit ski sprint, crossing the line at the course in Bozeman’s Lindley Park in 3 minutes and 56 seconds, seven seconds behind top finisher and World Champion triathlete Kendall Gretsch.


The result may not have been exactly what she wanted, but for Joy Rondeau, who just four years ago had never been on a pair of cross-country skis, it was another reminder of her remarkable progress.


Rondeau had been downhill skiing before, but it wasn’t until four years ago that a coach in Colorado suggested Nordic. “I don’t think Nordic is something you ever master, but I really love it,” Rondeau said.

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Bozeman Daily Chronicle, Jan 7 2018

International Para Nordic skiing competition descends on Bozeman for second year


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