Peterlee schoolgirl wins 12 medals at the World Dwarf Games

Megan Atkinson
Megan Atkinson

SCHOOLGIRL Megan Atkinson has done her country proud after returning from an international sports event with 12 medals.

The 12-year-old pupil at St Bede’s Catholic Comprehensive School, Peterlee, came back from the World Dwarf Games, in Michigan, USA, with three golds, in the 200m and 100m individual medleys, and as part of the GB ladies soccer team.

She also scooped three silvers, with two on the first day of the nine-day event, in track and field, and in the 200m freestyle relay and 50m butterfly.

Megan’s bronze medals were in three track and field events and a bronze in the badminton doubles competition, with partner Katie Rillet.

Her trip was made possible after her school mounted a fundraising drive to help send her to the prestigious games.

Megan, who was born with achondroplasia, said: “It was a fantastic experience.

“I got to compete against Paralympians Tanya Heubner, from Australia, and Casey Johnson from the USA, and even got to swap swim hats with Tanya at the end of the games.”

Megan’s dad, Kevin, said: “I hoped she would come back with some swimming medals – she put loads of work in.

“Some of the countries, like America and Australia, had really strong athletes, so we are really pleased with how she has done.”

Megan, who lives in the Oakerside area of Peterlee with dad Kevin, mum Sarah and sisters Emily and Isobel, was one of 400 competitiors, from 17 countries that took part.

She is having a well-earned rest from sport for a few weeks, before the North East Disability Swimming Championships in Stanley next month.