ClubHarry Corness wins LDSA Chairman's Award for 2021

Published 20th December 2021
By Steve Hunter

Harry Corness is one of the proudest Reds on the planet right now after he was named the Liverpool Disabled Supporters Association (LDSA) Chairman's Award winner for 2021.

The 10-year-old from Maghull was born with spina bifida but he doesn't let his condition stop his passion for sport and his beloved Liverpool FC.

And his inspirational fundraising efforts have been recognised, with Harry having raised more than £2,000 for the LDSA and Owen McVeigh Foundation by taking part in the Liverpool Santa Dash earlier this month.

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Harry's dad Michael told Liverpoolfc.com: "We are so proud of Harry and this is a fantastic award for him.

"It was a nice surprise, to be honest with you. When I was told this was going to happen I just couldn't wait to bring Harry up to Anfield and just to see his face.

"Harry still didn't know at this stage he was going to be winning this award, so it was a big surprise to him and to see his face was just fantastic and that smile was so wide.

"It's just so nice to get the recognition for the stuff that he does. For Harry to raise £2,000 for the LDSA and the Owen McVeigh Foundation is just a great amount and it will make a great difference.

"When Harry did the Santa Dash it was for a mile. Some people might think that is not an achievement, but for someone like Harry at 10 years of age to wheel himself for a mile is just amazing.

"The road he was on can be a bit rough and some of it was uphill but he didn't moan and he did it all himself. He didn't need any help from me whatsoever.

"The fact that he did that and then to be recognised by Rishi [Jain, senior manager, equality and diversity at LFC] and getting the Chairman's Award was amazing. We are so happy with it."

Michael went on to describe his son's inspirational attitude, with Harry always smiling and willing to give activities a try.

"Harry has never let his disability get him down. He is always happy and he will always have a go at anything," continued Michael.

"He never sulks or moans and just gets on with things, whatever we ask him to do. Harry absolutely loves sport so anything sport-related he will have a go at.

"He has a busy lifestyle because he goes swimming, he does wheelchair racing and he goes to the LFC Foundation's wheelchair football on a Friday night.

"Harry is a massive Red and he loves Liverpool FC.

"I took him to his first game when Liverpool played Borussia Dortmund in pre-season when Jürgen Klopp was Dortmund manager, not long before he came to Liverpool."

Published 20th December 2021