Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

By PHILIP TALLENTIRE Young Athletes Turn Dreams into Gold

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

By PHILIP TALLENTIRE Young Athletes Turn Dreams into Gold

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TEESSIDE athletes have been in medal winning form at the School Games National Finals.

Amy Carr, Tom Barnes, Josh Cowperthwaite, Rachel Jackson and Joe Clark all travelled to Loughborough University in the Midlands to take part in the prestigious event which features the UK's most talented school age athletes, with around 1,600 youngsters competing across 12 sports, seven of which include disability disciplines.

Amy reproduced her sparkling World Junior Championships form at Loughborough.

The 18-year-old made headlines in August as she won 200m and long jump gold and 100m bronze for Great Britain at the first-ever International Paralympic Committee World Junior Championships, in Switzerland.

And despite feeling some understandable fatigue from that event, the Bede College Sixth Form student claimed first place in the long jump and third in the 100m at the National Finals.

Middlesbrough AC (Mandale) youngster Amy - who has cerebral palsy - won the long jump with a distance of 3.69cm and sped to bronze in the girls ambulant 100m.

Despite her feat, perfectionist Amy declared herself unhappy with aspects of her displays.

"To be honest I was quite disappointed with both events," she admitted.

"I am a little bit tired considering it is the end of the season but, at the same time, to come away with two medals I'm really chuffed about it."

Of her School Games experience, she added: "I think it's great.

"Everyone comes together and we all have the same dream and goal and we all share experiences and learn from each other so I think it's a really good event to take part in." Acklam Grange student Josh won 3,000m gold.

The Middlesbrough athlete took the title in a time of 8mins 45.54secs and he was more than happy with his performance.

"I'm really happy with how it went," he said. "I ran it how I wanted to run it and it worked out."

Middlesbrough's Tom Barnes captained England North to gold in the wheelchair basketball. …

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