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Paralympian Tim Prendergast inspires the next generation to overcome adversity
Young athletes soaked up some inspiration when a Paralymic champion visited their school this week.
Blind runner Tim Prendergast met with children at Brunswick Park Primary School as part of an Olympic legacy programme called Be the Best you can Be.
The two-time silver medal and one time gold medal winner, who has competed at four Paralympic Games, spoke about his experiences as a disabled athlete.
Prendergast, who was born in New Zealand, lost 95 per cent of his vision as a child but has gone on to compete in the 800-metre, 1,500-metre and 5,000-metre events at the Paralympics.
Brunswick Park headteacher Andy Griffiths said: “These visits raise the aspirations of the children. They were absolutely astounded he had achieved what he has – they couldn’t believe it.
“When he started to lose his vision he was about their age so it had a personal feeling for them. It shows them that no matter what they go through, they can always overcome adversity.”
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