Deaf Awareness Week takes place between 6 and 12 May and with this in mind we have chosen Mat Gilbert as our Inspirational Diversity Champion of the Month.
Mat is a professional
rugby union player currently playing for Hartpury College RFC. Mat joined Hartpury from Worcester Warriors,
having also played for Bath Rugby, the Scarlets and Modigliano (Italy).
Apart from being
an experienced player, Mat is unusual in that he has achieved all of this
despite being severely deaf – he has played for the England Deaf team on
numerous occasions and is tireless in his efforts to encourage more
opportunities for deaf children to get involved in the sport.
is a long-serving ambassador for the charity Action for Hearing Loss. He supports many fundraising events across
the UK and has been the guest speaker at the charity’s annual Christmas Carol
find out more about Deaf Awareness Week see here