Tragically half way through Richard's first year at the top sporting university in Loughborough, his parents and his sister died in a plane crash. To help his grief, he became determined to succeed, dedicating his life to their memory. Having served as AU President he established a sports volunteer programme for students, which was immensely successful. In this role, he led a substantial charity project which involved leading a team of students to raise £15,000 over the academic year for Zambia, which included entering The Steel Man Triathlon. He will visit Zambia over the summer, teaching through workshops different sports and taking part ,in talks on AIDs and other health issues. His story is a tragic yet inspiring one. He has been an inspiration to Loughborough students and will certainly raise the profile of sport in Zambia. His parents and sister would surely be so proud.