10 year old schoolboy Ben Seward has set his sights on becoming a professional rugby player despite being born with just one hand.
Instead of letting his disability hold him back Seward has found his inspiration through rugby and now wants to go on to begin a professional career in the sport. Ben who currently plays on the wing for Chorley Panthers is hoping to one day play for his idols the Wigan Warriors.
He said: ‘I have been playing rugby for nearly four years now. I started playing rugby because it was a good way for me to keep fit and it is a team sport so everyone can get involved.
‘The thing I love the most about it is that I have made so many new friends and get to meet lots of people.
‘My favourite team are the Wigan Warriors and I go to watch all of their home games. I have met a lot of the players too and my favourite player Josh Charnley used to play for the same team as me.
‘I go to training camps at Wigan every summer too and have even had the chance to play against some of my favourite players which is really exciting.
‘Going to the camps and playing for Chorley Panthers helped me decide that I definitely want to play professionally. My coaches have been amazing and I have improved a lot over the past few years.
‘I have two favourite positions, winger and centre. If I play centre then I get to tackle a lot more – sometimes it can be quite scary because there are some really tough players.
‘I don’t think having one hand holds me back from playing rugby at all, and when I start secondary school in September I am hoping to be able to play for them too one day.’
Once again we see a fantastic example of how rugby encourages players of all shapes and sizes to not just participate, but excel in their chosen sport.
Let’s hope Ben can go on and achieve his dream of one day playing for Wigan!