A dad of two from Droitwich Spa will be representing Great Britain at this year’s Deaflympics in Turkey.
Twenty-eight-year-old Harry Allen, who works for Ormerod Rutter Chartered Accountants in the town, has been selected for the men’s football squad to compete in Samsun in July.
Senior accountant Harry is no stranger to international football, having taken part in the 2009 event in Taiwan and claiming a bronze medal at the European Championships in the German city of Hanover in 2015.
The Wales-born centre half has been deaf since contracting meningitis at the age of 15 months. He and his team-mates communicate using sign language and the referee waves a flag to indicate decisions instead of blowing a whistle.
“My first international call up was for the European Championships in 2007 – but I was sitting A levels at the time so my mum wouldn’t let me go!” said Harry, who also plays for Pershore Town FC.
“As the home nation, Turkey are the favourites – we lost to them in the Euros two years ago – and I also expect Russia and Germany to be in contention.”
The elder brother of Stoke City and Wales midfielder Joe Allen, Harry met his wife Jessica, who is also deaf, during the preparations for Taiwan as she was working on the logistical side of the event. They have two young sons, Teddy and Arlo.
“With the help of my colleagues and Ormerod Rutter senior partner Peter Ormerod, I have passed my sponsorship target of £500 so I’ve set a new figure of £1,000 so I can help my team-mates,” Harry added.
Anyone wishing to donate to the British men’s football team can visit Harry’s fund-raising page – https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/thomashenryallen#.WMvgYC
Harry is pictured above with Garry Rutter, senior partner at Ormerod Rutter Chartered Accountants.