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Joe Gilbert carries the Torch for the London Olympics and Aspire!

Congratulations to Aspire’s very own Joe Gilbert, Maintenance Manager, for being selected as a London 2012 Olympic Torchbearer. Joe was nominated by Director of Operations Tasha Webster for his commitment to wheelchair basketball.

Joe first came across Aspire in 1989 when he was playing Wheelchair Basketball for Great Britain. Aspire approached Joe to set up a team and Aspire Force was born, which is still going strong over 20 years later!

Joe has been employed at Aspire since 1994 and regularly provides coaching sessions to schools, colleges and corporate groups.

Brian Carlin, Aspire Chief Executive, says “We are immensely proud of Joe and we can’t wait to see him carrying the Olympic 2012 torch and representing people with spinal cord injuries all over the UK.” Joe will be carrying the torch between Reading and Salisbury so, if you are in the area be sure to give him a wave! 


  • Health Organisations


  • paralympics
  • olympics
  • wheelchair basketball
  • torchbearer
  • aspire

Aspire is a leading charity, supporting the 40,000 people living with Spinal Cord Injury in the UK through a range of services.
Every eight hours in the UK someone is paralysed by a Spinal Cord Injury; it can happen to anyone at anytime and no one is prepared for how it will change their life. Aspire exists because there is currently no cure for Spinal Cord Injury. We provide practical help to people who have been paralysed by a Spinal Cord Injury, helping them move from injury to independence.
The services that Aspire provides are Aspire Grants, Aspire Housing, Independent Living, Assistive Technology, Campaigning and Research.

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Laura Haynes

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