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Triumph over Adversity

Chris Davies on 13th June 2022

Amongst the crews that raced in Round Two of the 2022 UKOPRA ThunderCat Championship, which took place at the Poole Bay Classic on the south coast of England were Mark Sidwell and David Gardiner from Team Endeavour Racing UK.

Both are wounded veterans; one is a double amputee and the other a single amputee. Sidwell and Gardiner have now entered the record books by competing in their first race. Both amputees, they are the first team in the world to compete at National level in the ThunderCat Championship and in true military ethos, they lifted the Triumph over Adversity Cup.

This was a massive achievement for Team Endeavour Racing, who had four teams made up by wounded, injured and sick service personnel and veterans battling the rough water conditions. Prior to the awards ceremony they said that the navigation was way worse than the sea conditions not helped by the fact that none of the ThunderCat crews have any form of Satnav.

After collecting their trophy Sidwell said


It wouldn’t have been possible without all the support, encouragement and advice received from all members of Team Endeavour – massive thanks for all your support.

Team Endeavour Racing provides a foundation as a transition vehicle supporting and empowering team members into future employment, training or education, utilising peer mentoring and providing support and assistance through its partners. It also raises money and awareness for children and families of the UK Armed Forces who are suffering through illness, hardship, and poverty.

2022 UKOPRA ThunderCat Championship

April 30 – May 01 Round the Island Shamrock Quay Hampshire Sunday Enduro
June 11 – June 12 Poole Bay Classic Poole Quay Dorset Sunday Enduro
July 16 – July 17 The Hoe Plymouth Devon Two Days of Racing
August 13 – August 14 East Beach Littlehampton West Sussex Two Days of Racing
October 01 – October 02 Gyllyngvase Beach Falmouth Cornwall Two Days of Racing

Images supplied by Malc Attrill/UKOPRA

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