A Cardiff man who turned his life around through boxing has been crowned a ‘lockdown legend’ in the 2020 National Lottery Awards for his work in the community during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Wasim Said, 29, a doorman and mixed martial arts fighter from Butetown, Cardiff, has been named as the UK-wide winner of the Sport Category in this year’s National Lottery Award for his inspirational work in helping young people and his community in recent months.
And there was a special surprise in store for Wasim today, as former heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion, David Haye (aka The Hayemaker), sent him a message to personally thank him for his work.
Wasim was among more than 5,000 extraordinary individuals nominated for a 2020 National Lottery Award - the annual search for the UK’s favourite National Lottery funded people and projects. He’s the only winner from Wales this year and is the overall UK winner in the sport category.
Wasim opened up the National Lottery supported Tiger Bay Amateur Boxing Club in Cardiff two years ago as a tribute to his former mentor, champion boxer, Pat Thomas. Tiger Bay ABC is based at the Yemeni Community Centre in Butetown and is uniquely attached to the local mosque. Permission from the elders at the mosque had to be sought before the club could train there.