Future Sport helps celebrate successes at the North East Disability Sports Awards

Amy from Teesside and a member of Middlesbrough A.C. has cerebral palsy and classified as a T37 athlete. She was inspired to take up athletics competitively after watching the London 2012 Paralympic Games. She enjoyed a really outstanding year in 2014. After being selected to join the British Athletics Parallel Success Academy, she was selected to represent Great Britain at the IWAS World Junior Games in August at Stoke Mandeville. Despite being only 15, she ran in the U23 category100m and won the World Junr Bronze medal. She then represented England North East at the Sainsbury’s UK Schools Games, winning the 100m Gold medal. She was then part of a squad of six young athletes who were chosen to go to Sao Paulo to compete in the Brazilian Schools Paralympic Games. Here she recorded a personal best tome of 14.86 seconds in winning the T37 100m. This time placed her 12th in the Senior World Rankings for 2014 and the youngest athlete in the top 25.

 

Matthew from Chester-le-Street, currently trains within the Leisureworks Swimming Development Scheme as a fully integrated member of Derwentside Amateur Swimming Club. He recently moved from the Sport England funded 2014 ASA England Talent Programme to Podium Potential.  He has achieved impressive standings within the International Paralympic Committee’s World Rankings (including 5th in 200m freestyle, 5th in 100m backstroke short course and 5th in 100m breaststroke short course).