Special Guest Tai Woffinden.
This week we were lucky enough to have 3x world champion speedway rider Tai Woffinden on the podcast to discuss his life as a parent, his successful career, and his latest challenge to raise money for The Great Ormond Street Hospital.
This is not the first time Tai has raised money for charities during his career as a speedway superstar, and just like his career he doesn't do things by halves, raising over one hundred thousand pounds in total for charities such as The Great Ormond Street Hospital, and Cancer research.
It was great chatting with Tai, when chatting with successful athletes at the top of their game, you always expect a certain level of arrogance, but Tai was friendly and down to earth, to the point that he was even changing a nappy at the start of the interview.
Whilst we won't give away everything that happened in our podcast chat, it was very interesting to find out what motivates a man to get on a bike and race around a dirt track at 70mph without any brakes!!!
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As mentioned earlier on in the blog Tai will swap his motorcycle for a static bike on 1st February with a challenging 24 hour Zwift ride in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity).
Woffinden is aiming to double his previous fundraising goal and raise £200,000 in support of the childrens’ hospital and is inviting fans to join him along the route by signing up via the Zwift online platform and donating via his JustGiving page. The entire 24 hour ride will live streamed on his YouTube channel with hourly post updates on his Instagram and Facebook channels. Tai will be joined by celebrities from the world of Speedway, cycling, music and entertainment throughout the 24 hour event.
Woffinden will start off at 8.00am GMT live streaming from his studio in Derbyshire and finish 24 hours later. Zwift, the world’s biggest online cycling platform, will be supporting the event by listing 12 x 2 hour events on its platform. Zwift participants will join Tai in the rides, including a few “power hour” events where celebrities in cycling and triathlon will challenge Tai with the support of corporate fundraising matches during these hours.
All funds raised will go towards the new Sight and Sound Centre supported by Premier Inn at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH); the first dedicated facility for children with sight and hearing loss in the UK. Children with these conditions are the largest group of outpatients at the hospital, and they need more specialist facilities designed to meet their needs. The centre is due to open later in 2021.
Woffinden said: “GOSH is a charity that’s really close to my heart and I can’t think of a better reason to get on my bike. As a professional Speedway racer I depend on my sight and hearing to give me a competitive edge so I can’t imagine how tough it must be for kids experiencing those conditions. I’d like to thank my friends from the Speedway circuit and other pro athletes who have already agreed to support me and I’m calling on all my supporters to donate and to join me for part of the ride and help keep my energy up as I push through the pain barrier.”
Liz Tait, Director of Fundraising for GOSH Charity added: “It’s been a tough year for fundraising in the light of the global pandemic, with many of our usual events in support of the hospital cancelled or paused due to Covid-19 restrictions. To have Tai undertake this extraordinary challenge, in extraordinary times is fantastic, and we are incredibly grateful for his support. The funds raised will be in support of an absolutely vital facility to help children from right across the UK who live with rare and complex sight and hearing conditions, and we’ll be cheering him on the whole way.”
Eric Min, Zwift CEO and Co-Founder from Zwift said: “We started Zwift over seven years ago with the aim of getting people more active more often by making indoor training fun. Since the very beginning we’ve been astounded by the achievements and creativity of our wonderful community. It’s fantastic to see that the platform is helping people stay active but also as a platform to raise money for great causes. A 24 hour marathon is no small feat and I wish Tai all the very best in his effort to raise £200,000 for GOSH. I hope the community will join me and support Tai in one (or more) of the official events to help him get to that finish line.”
We wish Tai the best of luck in his challenge, and like he said in our interview all it takes is every person who hears about the challenge to just skip their morning coffee on one morning and donate it to the just giving page, and he will raise the money for the hospital in no time!
Good luck mate!
From The lads to Dads.