Schoolboy needs £1,000 to compete in Dward Olympics in USA

11 year old Mark Swan is off to America to take part in the Dwarf Olympics, he has won 16 medals for various sports including, football, table tennis, discus and running over the past 2 years in the Dwarf Sports Association Games and  he currently also the under 11's dwarf world record for the shot putt.
11 year old Mark Swan is off to America to take part in the Dwarf Olympics, he has won 16 medals for various sports including, football, table tennis, discus and running over the past 2 years in the Dwarf Sports Association Games and he currently also the under 11's dwarf world record for the shot putt.

A STUDENT is hoping for a run of good results when he takes part in an international sporting celebration.

Eleven-year-old Mark Swan will travel to Michigan, in the US, to join the GB Team of the Dwarf Olympics in August, to take part in a host of challenges.

HOPEFUL: Mark Swan

HOPEFUL: Mark Swan

To get there, his family needs to raise £1,000 to cover the cost of getting the Shotton Hall Academy pupil and his mum Andrea, 35, to the event.

Once there, he will compete in events including shot putt, discus, javelin, football, table tennis, basketball and the 40 metre and 60 metre sprints.

Mark, who is in Year 7, has already scooped a host of golds since he started taking part in sporting events two years ago.

Andrea said 2011 was the first year he had gone to any games and he even broke records for that year for throwing a cricket ball, as the record was 16 metres and he threw 21 metres.

“As far as the £1,000 goes, as a mother of seven children it’s going to be hard to get together, so we’re raising money,” she added.

A charity event will be held at the Hearts of Oak pub in their home town of Peterlee on Friday, May 24.

Admission will be £2.50 for adults and £1 for children, with tickets available at the bar or on the door.

The family evening will run from 6pm to 11pm and will include a performance by a singer, disco run with the support of MNJ Entertainment and balloon modelling.

Andrea, who is also mum to Luke, 18, Nicole, 15, Amelia, eight, Paul, six, Lilly, five, and Alfie Peart, two, is also being helped by the Dream It Believe It Achieve It charity.

Mark will join St Bede’s School pupil Megan Atkinson, 12, from Peterlee, who will also take part in the Dwarf Olympics.