A Gateshead College student with cerebral palsy has been selected to participate in the 2018 Cerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation Association World Games in August this year.
Eighteen-year-old Emily Stewart will compete in the athletics heats, taking place in Barcelona. Emily first began competing in athletics at the age of eight and has been a member of the Gateshead Harriers since age ten.
She said: “I am delighted to be attending the World Games and competing on the international stage. The support from my family and my mentors at Gateshead College has been fantastic and has enabled me to succeed in several competitions. I have been training hard with their help and guidance and am looking forward to putting all of this preparation into practice at the games.”
Emily will be competing across several athletic events, including the 100 and 200 metres sprints, long jump, shot put, discus, and relay. She returns to the Games after a successful tournament in 2015, when she won four gold medals in the 100 metres, 200 metres, long jump, and relay and silver in the shot put.
Liam Gumbrill, sports academy lead at Gateshead College, said: “Emily is a very dedicated student who has a real passion for athletics. She has already tasted success in many prestigious competitions and we are really looking forward to her attending the World Games and representing Gateshead College.
“Our priority at Gateshead College’s Academy for Sport is to provide budding young sports enthusiasts with opportunities to turn their talents and passions into success both on and off the field. It is important for us to encourage students’ participation in competitive sport while also equipping the next generation with the knowledge and experience to achieve successful careers in the industry.”
The World Games is a high-profile international event that provides an opportunity for athletes with cerebral palsy and related neurological conditions to showcase their talents across several sports.
The 2018 Cerebral Palsy International Sports and Recreation Association World Games will take place in Barcelona between 4-12 August.