Nicholas Hamilton

Born: March 28, 1992

Occupation: Racing Car Driver

Challenges overcome: Spastic Diplegia

Successes, Achievements & Awards:

Nicolas is the half brother of Lewis Hamilton, and they are both racing car drivers. He was born in Stevenage in 1992.

Nicolas drove in his first race for Renault Clio in 2011, just two months after gaining his racing license. He came last in the race but gained a lot of attention in his debut as he’d only ever driven the car six times before the race, as all his practice previously was on a simulator.

Nicolas Hamilton moved up to the European Touring Car Cup in 2013, driving for Baporo Motorsport.

Challenges Overcome

Nicolas has the Spastic Diplegia form of cerebral palsy, a neuromuscular condition that causes tightness in the muscles. This causes a lot of issues especially with walking, as the tightness affects Nicolas’ balance, movement of his legs, knees, and feet. He is unable to walk long distances and he has had to rely on walking sticks and wheelchairs for a lot of his life.

He drives in a specially adapted car for his races, and shocked his family by making it to the races; “Lewis is shocked that I’m racing. My parents are because I was a little disabled kid. I always wanted to race go karts but I didn’t really have the opportunity until I did it when I was seven and I crashed. So it sort of knocked my confidence and since then I didn’t want to be racing. I was scared of it and so now to see me here it’s a big thing. It’s a big for me and it’s a big thing for the family. Everyone is shocked. I can believe it because I’ve worked to do it,” he said. “My legs don’t stop me from doing anything and if they do, I’m going to make sure they don’t and I’ll push for it.”

Disability Definitions

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy (CP) is an umbrella term encompassing a group of non-progressive, non-contagious diseases that cause physical disability in human development. Cerebral refers to the affected area of the brain, the cerebrum (however the centres have not been perfectly localised and the disease most likely involves connections between the cortex and other parts of the brain such as the cerebellum) and palsy refers to disorder of movement.
All types of CP are characterised by abnormal muscle tone, posture (i.e. slouching over while sitting), reflexes, or motor development and coordination. There can be joint and bone deformities and contractures (permanently fixed, tight muscles and joints).

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