Un­lim­ited in­spi­ra­tion


Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - by QASIM PERACHA qasim.peracha@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @qasim­per­acha

A NINE-YEAR-OLD boy who was born with a bro­ken back is to be­come the youngest com­peti­tor in the first ever Un­lim­ited Great South Wheel­chair Event.

Xan­der Fos­ter, from West Dray­ton, will take part in the event a day be­fore the Great South Run, de­spite hav­ing been born with a bro­ken back and lower limb de­for­mi­ties.

He will train with Par­a­lympic coach Rick Hoskins to pre­pare for the race on Satur­day in South­sea, Portsmouth.

The young­ster started rac­ing just a year ago af­ter join­ing Weir Archer Academy, set up by pro­lific Bri­tish Par­a­lympic racer David Weir, and has al­ready shown great prom­ise.

He is the youngest of just seven com­peti­tors se­lected to take part in the in­au­gu­ral race, which builds on the suc­cess of the Un­lim­ited Great North Wheel­chair Event ear­lier this year.

“I’m des­per­ate to com­pete – this will be my first proper race and I just want to get faster and carry on im­prov­ing my tech­nique,” said the boy racer, who has al­ready taken part in five Mini-Mud­der com­pe­ti­tions.

Xan­der’s mother Lisa added: “There’s very lit­tle avail­able to chil­dren of his age. One of the mums at the academy men­tioned it and now Xan­der can’t wait to take part.

“Xan­der is happy to work with any­one that will help him – the team over at the Weir Archer Academy have been so help­ful and in­spi­ra­tional to Xan­der and it’s great to now have some­one of Rick’s cal­i­bre on board.

“Sport has had a hugely pos­i­tive ef­fect on Xan­der’s men­tal and phys­i­cal well­be­ing.”

“It’s tough when­ever he goes to a theme park or wher­ever it might be and there are lim­i­ta­tions placed on him be­cause of his dis­abil­i­ties,” she added. “No­body should be ex­empt from tak­ing part in sport and we be­lieve the Un­lim­ited Great South Wheel­chair Event can act as a cat­a­lyst in open­ing the door to those with dis­abil­i­ties.”

The run is or­gan­ised by The Un­lim­ited Com­pany from Sim­ply­health and The Great Run Com­pany and will take place on the same day as the Sim­ply­health Great South 5k and Sim­ply­health Ju­nior & Mini Great South Run.

Xan­der Fos­ter

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