Teenager swims for Eng­land

Macclesfield Express - - MOTORING -

A TAL­ENTED dis­abled swim­mer is go­ing for gold at the CPISRA World Games.

Me­gan Short, 17, from Poyn­ton, was se­lected to rep­re­sent Eng­land in the swimming com­pe­ti­tion.

She is a part of a 17-strong swimming team aim­ing to win medals and in­spire other young peo­ple with cere­bral palsy to get in­volved in sport.

Me­gan will com­pete in the 50m and 100m freestyle, 50m but­ter­fly, 100m back­stroke and the 200m in­di­vid­ual med­ley at the Har­vey Had­den Sports Com­plex in Not­ting­ham.

Cere­bral palsy af­fects the arm and leg on her right side but Me­gan hasn’t let her dis­abil­ity hold her back from chas­ing her dream of sport­ing star­dom.

The Poyn­ton High stu­dent trains regularly at Satel­lites Swimming Club of Mac­cles­field.

She also meets once a month to train with other dis­abled swim­mers as a mem­ber of the Manch­ester and North­west Dis­abil­ity Swimming Club.

Al­li­son Lewis from the dis­abil­ity swimming club said: “She is a real in­spi­ra­tion not only to young peo­ple with cere­bral palsy but to ev­ery­one.

“Me­gan hasn’t let her dis­abil­ity hold her back, we are so proud. It is great to see that all of the hard work and de­ter­mi­na­tion has paid off.”

Ath­letes from 13 coun­tries com­pete in ath­let­ics, bowls, swimming, ta­ble cricket and Taek­wondo.

●● Me­gan Short has al­ready won a num­ber of medals for her swimming prow­ess

●● Poyn­ton Guides dur­ing their ‘I’m a Guide get me out of here’ camp

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