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Right to Play 2012 - Matt Brammeier to ride
By Mark Sharon
Date: 3/19/2012
Right to Play 2012 - Matt Brammeier to ride

Right To Play 2012 'Ride to the Tour' 30 June - 3 Jul

Omega Pharma-Quickstep's Matt Brammeier joins Right To Play’s 2012 Bike Ride

Irishman Matt Brammeier, professional with Omega Pharma-Quickstep and a Right To Play Athlete Ambassador has signed up to take a lead role in Right To Play’s 2012 Ride raising money for children around the world. Brammeier will ride alongside not only 200 other riders ranging from beginners to more experienced cyclists, but with his dad who is taking on the challenge of cycling from Liege to London from June 30-July 3.

Matt Brammeier

Brammeier, is a rising star in the cycling world and has been the Irish national road race champion for the past two years as well as laying claim to the Irish time trial championship this year. Additional titles look well within his grasp as he now settles into team Omega Pharma-Quickstep. It has not been an easy path to success for Brammeier as in November 2007 he was stuck by a cement-mixing lorry whilst training. He broke both his legs, but with grit and determination he returned to cycling and is back on track to become a name to remember.

Mark Sharon at the Start of the Right To Play 2011 Ride to the Tour

Matt Brammeier Photo by © Right to Play

This determination and focus extends further than cycling; he is a committed Right To Play Ambassador, reflected in the fact that he will be participating in Right To Play’s annual multi-day bike ride raising awareness and money for the organisation that helps children in the developing world through sport and play programmes.

Matt Brammeier said: “After my accident it took a lot of hard work and strength of mind to get back up to the same level I was at before, but now that I can look back at the journey I can see that there were many lessons I learned from sport that helped me deal with the difficult times and struggles of returning to high performance competition. This is why I understand and appreciate what Right To Play does in their use of sport and play to create a positive impact on children that have had to deal with hardship in their lives.” 

To find out more about Right To Play’s 2012 Bike Ride and join Matt Brammeier on the ride visit-


About Right To Play

Right To Play is an international humanitarian organisation that uses sport and play programmes to improve health, develop life skills, and foster peace for children and communities in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the world. Working in both the humanitarian and development context, Right To Play builds local capacity by training community leaders as coaches to deliver its programmes in 20 countries affected by war, poverty, and disease in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America. Founded in 2000, Right To Play is headquartered in Toronto, Canada and has national offices in Canada, Norway, The Netherlands, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. The national offices raise funds, build awareness for Right To Play programmes and advocate for Sport for Development.
Registered Charity Number: 112404

Right To Play is renowned for delivering spectacular and unique rides and are already organising 2012’s. To find out more about next year’s ride and register your interest in taking part please contact Right To Play at

For further information please contact:
Right To Play – Megan Prosser: 020 7812 0635


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