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in pain,” he said. “But in the last two years, I pulled that around and knuckled down.”
Extra motivation came last year after doing a 50-mile bike ride for charity.
“I’ve always felt like people look down on me and that I’m not capable,” he said. “But doing the bike ride proved that even if you have a condition — even if it drains you of energy or you’re in pain — you can do anything.
“I donated the money to Ward L42 at Leeds Children’s hospital, where I spent a lot of time. They were often low on resources.”
Oliver credits his mother, Tracy, and three siblings, Charlotte, Ashleigh and Daniel, for helping him succeed. The family, who belong to the United Hebrew Congregation in Leeds, have always encouraged him to live for the moment.
“You never know what will happen, but it’s best not to worry,” he said. “If I don’t have much pain today, I’ll take advantage of it. If I’m in pain tomorrow, I’ll get through it.”
Mrs Sapier said: “I am just blown away by him. He is amazing. I’ve always said that no matter what , I’ll be proud. But he has totally excelled himself -— I am absolutely over the moon.”
Star turn: Oliver Sapier fought against the odds from an early age