A young local athlete has spoken to a group of Rotarians of his dream of representing his country at next year’s Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Lewis Clow, 19, from Pitmedden, was the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Oldmeldrum.
He is a modest, hardworking young man who is an inspiration to other young peopleSheena Clarke Oldmeldrum Rotary Club
Rotarians heard how Lewis, who only took up para-athletics around 18 months ago, had already been involved in a variety of sports including table tennis and cycling, as well as football, where he represented Scotland with the Cerebral Palsy Football team earning 16 caps.
Lewis spoke about his plans for the immediate future which include taking part in the Cerebral Palsy World Games in August and how he has his eyes firmly set on going to the Paralympic Games in Rio.
When asked about funding opportunities, Lewis explained that only those athletes at the very top of their disciplines received funding from GB Athletics.
Currently, he relies on donations, some sponsorship and the fundraising efforts of his family and friends.
As well as his busy training schedule, Lewis attends Aberdeen College and is aiming to go to RGU to study Computer Networking.
Speaking afterwards, club president Sheena Clarke said: “It was a real pleasure to have Lewis along to speak this evening.
“He is a modest, hardworking young man who is an inspiration to other young people.
“Through his own hard working efforts it can only be a matter of time till he achieves another ambition which is to be one of the top para-athletes in the UK.”
The fifteenth Summer Paralympic Games are a major international multi-sport event for disabled athletes governed by the International Paralympic Committee.
They will be held in Rio de Janeiro from September 7 to September 18, 2016, making them the first Summer Paralympics to be held during the host city’s wintertime.
This will mark the first time a Latin American and South American city will be the venue for the event and the second Southern Hemisphere city and nation. The first one was the 2000 Summer Paralympics which took place in Sydney.