Ipswich: Inspirational Damien prepares for rowing challenge

A BRAVE young man is preparing for an incredible fitness challenge as he continues his amazing journey towards recovery.

Damien Fung, 27, was involved in an horrific car accident nine years ago that left him with a serious brain injury and significant speech, mobility and sight problems.

After being told he would never walk again, Damien is now capable of getting out and about with a walking frame and is currently training for a sponsored row-a-thon at Gainsborough Sports Centre on August 11.

Damien’s challenge will see him attempt to row 20,000 metres in just 1.5 hours.

The inspirational fitness fanatic is hoping to raise �1,400 to buy himself new equipment to help further his physical rehabilitation.

Disability charity Optua has been with Damien for several years, supporting him at a special ‘move on’ unit in Ipswich. Damien progressed well and for the last three years he has been living independently in his own flat with support from Optua.

Keeping fit and exercising has played a major part in Damien’s rehabilitation and rowing has become a key part of his fitness routine.

Most Read

Owning his own machine would make it much easier for him to exercise. In April, he was rowing 10,000 metres in just 45 minutes and ambitious Damien has set his sights on one day becoming part of the Paralympic rowing squad.

Damien was one of the first disabled students to be accepted at Otley College’s Equestrian Studies course and he hopes one day to walk along the Great Wall of China.

He said: “I never give up and I want to show that disabled people can prove themselves. I also want to thank my support worker Mel who has been great.”

To sponsor Damien’s rowing challenge, e-mail his support worker Melanie at melanie@vitalholistics.co.uk or call Optua on 01473 836777.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter