Saints Wheelchair Rugby starlet Kascie Higgins is among the nominees for a prestigious award at this year’s Premiership Rugby Parliamentary Community Awards.
Nominated for the PLAY Achiever of the Year Award – a prize that recognises those who have overcome physical, cultural or social barriers to become involved in the game – Higgins will be heading to the House of Commons on Wednesday 17 July for the glittering ceremony.
Diagnosed with dyskinetic cerebral palsy at the age of one, the 18-year-old originally struggled to be active and take part in sport alongside his friends.
“Kascie really does embody the spirit of the PLAY campaign and regardless of the result at the awards ceremony, we’re very proud to have him as a member of our team.”Jamie Higgins, Saints Wheelchair Rugby head coach
But when Northampton launched the Saints Wheelchair Rugby side, Higgins’ name was first on the list, and playing rugby has transformed him from a timid player into an impactful and knowledgeable leader.
And the talented young player has helped take the side from conception to promotion, as Saints secured their place in the GBWR5s Premiership Division for this season, before gaining more experience overseas when he was invited to play for Swedish side Gothenburg Lions.
A tireless ambassador for disability sport, Higgins is also a member of the Northampton Heathen Mixed Ability Rugby team as well as a part of Premiership Rugby programme Project Rugby.
And Jamie Higgins, Saints Wheelchair Rugby coach, is delighted with the youngster’s nomination.
“It’s excellent that Kascie’s effort have been recognised by the judging panel,” Higgins said.
“Seeing his confidence grow as a part of both the Wheelchair Rugby team and also the Project Rugby programme has been so pleasing for everyone here at Franklin’s Gardens.
“Kascie is a tireless ambassador for disability sport and is always encouraging young people with disabilities take up any sport, so they can benefit from the positive physical and mental benefits which rugby has helped him gain.
“Kascie really does embody the spirit of the PLAY campaign and regardless of the result at the awards ceremony, we’re very proud to have him as a member of our team.”