SPORTS, FITNESS & DANCE

Born with a Disability, Competed in Able-Body Professional Sport

Rare Disease & Syndrome

Lewis Hatchett

BORN DIFFERENT, SEEN THE SAME

Hi my name is Lewis Hatchett.

I was born with Poland Syndrome. Which means I am missing my right pectoral muscle and 2 ribs that are behind it. 

My parents were told at birth that I wouldn't play many sports growning up,  especially rugby and cricket.

With my condition posing daily issue with muslce imbalance and the threat of my lung not being protected fully, I overcame these to realise my dream and prove other wrong by signing my first contract as a full time professional cricketer for Sussex County Cricket Club, 20 years later after being told I wouldn't play the sport. 

I played for 6 years of professional cricket, keeping my condition a secret to many, until having to retire in 2016 due to injury. 

Post cricket career, I have become an inspirational speaker to help inspire those to overcome obstacles, love what they have, promote body confidence or reach success however that looks to them, plus so much more. 

As well as this I became a yoga teacher, where I teach Yoga for Sport. With the simple aim to help people do the activity they love doing for as long as they can by preventing injuries and living a much more balanced life.

Thank you for letting me share my story.

You can view more of my story by visiting www.lewishatchett.com

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