London 2012 sponsor Deloitte has given funding paralympic hopeful Thomas Hall-Butcher, named in its Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme.
TASS is a national programme managed by SportsAid, which helps top UK sportsmen and women in higher or further education achieve their dreams of international sporting success.
Twenty-one year-old paralympian, Thomas Hall-Butcher, is in his second year studying Ancient History and Archaeology at the University of Birmingham.
At the age of 12 Mr Hall-Butcher, who has cerebral palsy, went to a multi-sport event and first tried wheelchair fencing.
Beginning formal training shortly afterwards, he has become one of Britain’s top wheelchair fencers. His career has taken him across the world, culminating in his winning a place in the Wheelchair Fencing World Championships at the end of 2011.
He now faces an anxious wait alongside his competitors until places for the London 2012 Olympics are announced in April.