A FATHER of two from Droitwich Spa will be representing Great Britain at the Deaflympics in Turkey.
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 Allen, 28, is no stranger to international football having taken part in the 2009 event in Taiwan.
He bagged a bronze medal at the European Championships in Hanover, Germany, 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 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 Allen who also plays for Pershore Town.
“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, he met his wife Jessica 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’ve passed my sponsorship target of £500 so I’ve set a new figure of £1,000 to help my team-mates,” Allen added.
Anyone wishing to donate to the team can visit Allen’s fundraising page mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/thomashenryallen#.WMvgYC.