Tyson Fury takes on 'tough' seven mile wheelchair push along Morecambe Bay

The world heavyweight boxing champ joined Lancaster Bulldogs wheelchair basketball team members Andrew Hartley and Shaun Gash to discuss mental health issues.

Tuesday, 18th August 2020, 10:04 am
Updated Tuesday, 18th August 2020, 10:08 am

Fury is an ambassador for the team, and has supported the club with a new kit this season.

He has also been to many games supporting the team from the sidelines.

Last Sunday, August 9, he joined Andrew and Shaun on a seven mile wheelchair push along Morecambe Prom to discuss mental health issues.

Andrew Hartley, Tyson Fury and Shaun Gash.

Andrew and Shaun are both paralysed from the chest down as a result of separate car accidents more than 25 years ago.

Andrew, who is chair of Lancaster Bulldogs and Shaun, a committee member and junior coach, have been playing basketball for over 20 years.

The sport is where Shaun and Andrew met and the pair have become very good friends during this time.

Andrew said: "The bulldogs are proud to have Tyson as their ambassador and he has been able to support the bulldogs with new kit this season.

Andrew, Shaun and Tyson on the seven mile wheelchair push.

"He’s also been to many games supporting on the sidelines.

"He has also been known to turn up to some training sessions and join in with the training session."

The trio pushed from the former VVV health club site to The Battery and back, and along the way had a few races to see who was fastest in the wheelchair.

Andrew said they discussed how being active helps to deal with mental health issues, and Fury passed on some good advice, including that "it’s okay not to be okay and it’s good to talk about the issues you are dealing with".

Tyson and Andrew looking out over the bay.

Andrew added: "On Tyson’s Instagram page he explained that he has never experienced a work out as tough as pushing all that way in a wheelchair."