International Day of Persons with Disabilities is on 3 December. With that in mind we have chosen Kevin Sinfield as our Inspirational Diversity Champion of the month.
Kevin is a former rugby league player, captain and Director of Rugby for Leeds Rhinos who he spent his entire career playing for. He captained Leeds to seven Super League Championships and two Challenge Cup successes. He holds the record as the highest points scorer in Super League history, the third highest points scorer in British rugby league history and is Leeds’ record points scorer. He also represented England and Great Britain. His last match was in the 2015 Super League Grand Final captaining Leeds to victory.
In 2021 Kevin became the defence coach of the Rugby Union side Leicester Tigers following his retirement from playing union for Yorkshire Carnegie.
His great friend Rob Burrow was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in 2019, he and Kevin played together for Leeds Rhinos for many years, since then Kevin has been raising money for MND through various challenges the latest one (which has just finished) was to run 7 Ultra Marathons in 7 days. He started in Edinburgh and finished at Old Trafford during the Rugby League Mens World Cup Final. The route covered locations that resonated with Rob, ex footballer Stephen Darby and former Rugby Union player Doddie Weir who all have MND. The funds raised will be shared between 5 charities supporting people impacted by the condition. To date the challenge has raised £1,350,000.
In 2014 Kevin was awarded an MBE for services to rugby league and an OBE in 2021 for services to rugby league and charitable fund raising.
To find out more about Kevin see here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kevin_Sinfield
To find out more about MND see here https://www.mndassociation.org/ To find out more about International Day of Persons with Disabilities see here https://www.un.org/en/observances/day-of-persons-with-disabilities