Boylan’s Games boost

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

SWIM­MER Nick Boylan is ready to make a big splash at the 2012 Par­a­lympic Games – now that he’s been al­lowed to com­pete.

The 25-year-old, from Hill­brow Road, Ash­ford, is de­lighted at the news the In­ter­na­tional Par­a­lympic Com­mit­tee will al­low ath­letes with a learn­ing dis­abil­ity to par­tic­i­pate in the event.

His many suc­cesses in­clude be­ing se­lected to rep­re­sent Bri­tain at this year’s IPC Euro­pean Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships in Ice­land.

Nick, who trains with the City of Can­ter­bury Swim­ming Club, said: “I spe­cialise in the 100 me­tres breast­stroke and this is fan­tas­tic news for me.

“It will mean me do­ing a lot of train­ing both in the wa­ter and in the gym putting in over 20 hours a week.

“A lot of hard work lies ahead for me but it is go­ing to be worth it.

Mark Goldring, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the men­tal health char­ity Men­cap, said: “Every­one at Men­cap is de­lighted that af­ter years of cam­paign­ing, ath­letes with a learn­ing dis­abil­ity will no longer be ex­cluded from Lon­don 2012.”

He called fund­ing to im­me­di­ately.

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Pic­ture: Gary Browne pd1651245

Ni­cholas Boyan, pic­tured with his brother-in-law Mike Pratt, and proud mum Pat

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