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Teenager lands five gold medals at Special Olympics
3:19pm Monday 9th September 2013 in News
A TEENAGER who doctors said would never be able to walk has won five gold medals at the Special Olympics GB National Games.
Chloe Hunt, of Sowerby, stunned her coaches by winning every gymnastics event she entered at the games held in Bath, which saw 1,700 athletes competing in a dozen sporting disciplines.
The 15-year-old, had been wheelchair-bound until she was nine after suffering with cerebral palsy, overcame competition from experienced athletes to win the beam, bars, vault, floor and overall gymnast titles.
Chloe’s mother, Michelle, said her daughter trained three times a week at Gym World, in Middlesbrough, and underwent regular physiotherapy to achieve her success.
She said: “Chloe is a lot more confident and is delighted to have been able to win gymnastics gold medals like her idol Beth Tweddle.”
Keith Wilcox, who led a team of 74 athletes and 32 coaches from the North East and Cumbria at the games, which won 45 gold, 46 silver and 26 bronze medals, described Chloe’s achievement as remarkable.
He said: “She is obviously committed and trains very hard to get to the standard she has in such a short space of time.
“The Special Olympics is not just about the sports programme, it has so many advantages for those who take part, such as increasing self-esteem and giving athletes the chance to make friends.”
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