Pride of Britain Panel
Old Wimbledonian Toby Gold is on this year’s, ‘Pride of Britain’ judging panel. The Pride of Britain awards were launched by the Daily Mirror 1999 and are broadcast nationwide by ITV. The categories open for nominations include people who work in the emergency services, outstanding bravery, fundraising, community partners and teenagers as well as awards for lifetime achievement and special recognition. Toby is on the panel judging for "fundraiser of the year". This award attracts some remarkable finalists, last year's winner, Ben Smith, who had been a victim of bullying at school, ran 401 marathons in 401 consecutive days around the UK to raise more than £250,000 for anti-bullying charities Stonewall and Kidscape.
23-year-old Toby took up wheelchair racing in 2011 after he was spotted playing wheelchair basketball. He has cerebral palsy and races under the T33 classification, athletes in this class have moderate quadriplegia, and difficulty with forward trunk movement. Toby is the Great Britain & NI and European record holder for the T33 100m, 200m and 400m. He won the 100m gold medal at the 2016 European Championships and took the silver medal at the 2016 Paralympic Games.