BMX rider from Grantham helps at deaf asociation launch

Riders at the launch.

Riders at the launch.

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A top BMX rider from Grantham was invited to show off his skills at an event in London for the British Deaf Association.

Nineteen year old Jak Tones took part in the event at the Lee Valley VeloPark, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London, to launch the organisation’s new campaign: #WheelsUp4BSL.

Riders at the launch.

Riders at the launch.

Jak said: “I’m so proud to be part of the incredible group of cyclists to have helped launch this Wheels Up campaign. I had such a fun day meeting lots of members of the deaf community and even tried to learn a few words in British Sign Language.”

Jak was one of 18 experienced BMX riders to put on a cycling spectacle, showing off their skills to the deaf community in the hope of inspiring them to try their own wheelie.

Following the charity’s recent record attempt for the most people performing simultaneous bicycle wheelies, BDA is now calling for people across the country to have a go.

BDA trustee Angela Spielsinger said: “We’d like to see people across the country getting involved.”

Riders at the launch.

Riders at the launch.

All people need to is take a picture or record a short video of them attempting to do a wheelie at home.

They can use anything on wheels including bicycles, scooters or skateboards – as long as they’re careful to be safe.

Participants are also encouraged to use some basic signs in British Sign Language (BSL) to nominate friends and family to do a #WheelsUp4 BSL and make a donation of £1, £2, or £5, by texting BDA125 and the amount with a £ sign to 70660.

To learn how to nominate using British Sign Language, watch this short video here: ht tps://vimeo.com/134345942.

The social media campaign aims to raise awareness of the work of the BDA and encourage people to learn some simple signs in BSL.

BDA, a registered charity which has been a pioneer and champion of Deaf people since it was founded in 1890.