Inspire Activity, the team behind the Community Games, are excited to introduce you to our first Junior Community Games Ambassador.
Meet Amelia. Amelia was invited to become the first Junior Community Games Ambassador after attending the Birmingham Children’s Hospital Haematology and Oncology Community Games in May. It was here that the Inspire Activity team saw her inspire others to never give up.
Amelia was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 7 when a high grade, stage 4 tumor was discovered in her thigh. Despite receiving chemotherapy the tumor did not shrink and amputation was advised. Amelia received a rotationplasty operation on her leg. This procedure, completed only 12 times before by her consultant, involved removing the middle section of Amelia’s leg from below the hip to below the knee. Then rotating the lower part of the leg and reattaching it to the upper section below the hip. The ankle joint then acts a knee joint on which prosthetic and be fitted.
In May, Amelia returned to the Birmingham Children’s Hospital, where she was once an inpatient, to attend the Community Games. Here she tried all activities on offer and showed that sport can be accessible to all.
Founder Dennis Kennedy said:
‘Our Community Games Ambassadors inspire people to become more active and give sport a try. When we saw the passion and drive of Amelia at our Birmingham Children’s Hospital Community Games it was clear what a true inspiration she would be to others. We are thrilled to have her as our first ever Junior Community Games Ambassador and are excited to see her continue to inspire others at our Tamworth Community Games.’
Amelia will be attending the Tamworth Community Games on 20th July. The Tamworth Community Games event is part of the Queens Baton Relay Celebration being held on the Castle Grounds. The event will offer over 30 sporting activities from local sports clubs and activity providers, that families can experience. Here Amelia will be attending and performing with her Musical Theatre group ‘Wings’ – giving other children an opportunity to see and experience what the club has to offer. Wings, the musical theatre group that Amelia has been attending for 4 years, has been instrumental in Amelia’s rehabilitation and in allowing her to continue her passion for dance and performance.
In her role as Junior Community Games Ambassador, she will also be handing out medals to all those who come along and try the different activities.
On becoming the first Community Games Junior Ambassador, Amelia said:
‘I found out after the first Birmingham Children’s Hospital games at the Oncology Department. I had attended the event and loved the activities so much that I didn’t want to go home! I’ve always loved sport and dancing so it was really hard when I was on chemo and had my leg amputation as I couldn’t do the things I loved. But I tried new things and adapted things to ‘my way’. Now I enjoy even more sports, dancing and games and I love trying new things. I want to show other children that you should never give up and try something new whenever possible. This year the new activity I want to try is kayaking and I’m hoping to do this in the school holidays.’
For more information and to book tickets for Tamworth Community Games and other Community Games events this summer, visit our tickets page