Rugby Star Disabled but not Defeated: Ben’s Story.

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Rugby Star Disabled but not Defeated: Ben’s Story.

Take a look into this inspiring journey, discussing the obstacles along the way, pushing past the darkest of times to quite literally shine a beacon of hope for others to follow.

I have known Ben Smoldon for over 40 years. I would spend countless weekends at the family home as a close school friend of his older brother and a real fan of both his amazing parents.
In this conversation I intend to revisit those wild days of the mid to late 80s, discuss what life was like growing up in a household where the Family dynamics appeared to revolve around their love for the game of Rugby and their beloved Sutton Coldfield Rugby Club.

A few years after leaving school we would enjoy the stories of how Ben was continuing the Family tradition of dominating the Rugby field, going on to Captain his team, Then, one day in 1991, at 17 years of age life changed forever when Ben was injured during a collapsed scrum.

What happened next became global news as there were huge repercussions to the sport but, more significantly of course, for Ben and his Family.


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