Megan Atkinson – Disabled Sports Person/Team of the Year

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Megan’s ability over two different sports impressed the judges.

They praised her for both the success she had already achieved as well as her significant progress.

Gemma Atkinson who won the Disabled Sports Person categorywith Colin Cooper of Hartlepool United.

Gemma Atkinson who won the Disabled Sports Person categorywith Colin Cooper of Hartlepool United.

The 12-year-old who attends St Bede’s RC School in Peterlee said: “I am really proud to win this award. There were some really good entries in my category.”

Dedicated Megan has already excelled in sport.

The talented swimmer competes at S6 at national and international level. She took medals at the North East Regional Disability Swimming Championships in Harrogate in the 100 metre individual medley, 50 metres butterfly and 400 metres freestyle.

And in an open short course championships at Ponds Forge in Sheffield, she was a gold medallist and national senior champion at the 50 metres butterfly. She went even further when she took the gold medal and British record in the women’s multi classification 200 metre medley 20 point team event.

Judges described Megan as a truly remarkable girl with many talents.

In May this year, she won golds in freestyle, backstroke, and butterfly categories in the swimming section of the National Dwarf Games in Birmingham.

Then, she took a further seven medals in track and fields.

Megan has many more credits to her name and is aiming high for the future.

She has high hopes of competing at the Paralympics in Rio in 2016.

Also shortlisted:

David Cranson

Hartlepool United Disabled Supporters Association Football Team