Metal firm helps disabled athlete

Paul McDerby with coded welder Dave Green
Paul McDerby with coded welder Dave Green
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Halifax firm Shaw Metal Solutions have solved a problem for GB wheelchair rugby star Paul McDerby.

He turned to the specialist metal products firm for help after his wheelchair became damaged in contests.

Just days before he was due to fly to the European Championships in Belgium, work was undertaken to ensure the chair met the legal standard which, if left untouched, would have meant he could not compete.

And, the company has now agreed to provide essential maintenance for his 2014 campaign.

Paul, of Wakefield, said: “Without Shaw’s help I wouldn’t have made it to the European Championships.

“Since then the firm has straightened some battered spindles and have kindly offered to maintain my new rugby chair in 2014.”

His next big tournament is the Canada Cup held in Vancouver in June with trips to USA Sweden and France also planned.

Shaw Metal managing director Georgina St.Hilaire said: “It’s great to help a leading sportsman.

“As soon as Paul came to us with his chair issues we were more than happy to give him the help he was looking for.

“To continue the partnership through 2014 will be great and we’re all looking forward to hearing about Paul’s ongoing success.”

Shaw Metal uses traditional and contemporary methods to produce a variety of metal products and designs and makes the tools used to make its products.