BBC Sport - Simon Gifford-Mead: BBC South West Unsung Hero gladly carries on
Rowing coach is South West Unsung Hero
- From the section Get Inspired
Simon Gifford-Mead, the BBC Get Inspired Unsung Hero Award winner for the South West of England, tells BBC Spotlight that he will not let Parkinson's disease stop him from working as a rowing coach.
The 68-year-old, who has been involved with Dart Totnes Amateur Rowing Club in Devon for 25 years, still devotes hours every week to the club, despite recently being diagnosed with the brain condition.
"There are two options, one is to sit in the corner and just disappear, the other is to carry on," Gifford-Mead said of his illness.
Fellow coach Ray Bedder and rower Matt Swiss also talk about the influence Gifford-Mead has had on the club, athletes and sport.