Medal-winning Paralympian Harriet Lee to start Chariots for CambridgePPF

Cambridge Past, Present & Future (CambridgePPF) is delighted to announce that Harriet Lee, bronze medal winner at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, will start Chariots of Fire on its behalf.

Harriet, 21, who lives in Cambourne, competed in the final of the SB 100m breaststroke in the Aquatics Centre last Saturday (8 September) and came third, winning Paralympic GB’s 37th swimming medal of the games. 

Harriet has a condition called Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome, a rare overgrowth disorder. Just four months ago her Paralympic hopes were hanging in the balance as she lay in intensive care but she fought back with determination and conviction to win her place on the podium and walk away with a well-deserved medal. 

Mary Nealon, Head of Development at CambridgePPF said: “We are delighted that Harriet has agreed to start the race on our behalf so soon after the excitement of her amazing medal win, the closing ceremony and the parade through London. This is the first time a London 2012 athlete will have put in a public appearance in Cambridge since the games so we hope lots of people will come along to give her a really big cheer. 

The events of the last few weeks have been so inspiring and we know Harriet’s involvement will encourage everyone participating in Chariots of Fire to run a good race and claim their own medals at the end of what should be a very special 21st anniversary celebration event!” Harriet lives in Cambourne and went to Comberton Village College and Long Road Sixth Form. 

She trains at the City of Peterborough Swimming Club. Harriet hit the swimming scene in January 2010 after gaining her classification. Just two months later she booked a place at the IPC World Championships in Eindhoven where she went on to win gold and break the European record in the CB9 100m breaststroke. Alongside her swimming, Harriet wants to have a career in physiotherapy.