Olympic Torch Bearer Meets His Hero
Thanks to Durham County Cricket Club (DCCC) Foundation and The Lords Taverners an inspiring young cricketer has been able to meet one of his sporting heroes.
Olympic torch bearer, Will Hardy, 14, along with his fellow team mates from the Newcastle Wasps cricket team, met with jis fellow torch bearer and DCCC captain and former England Captain, Paul Collingwood at a recent visit to the club’s Riverside ground.
Aged 23 months, Will contracted Meningitis which resulted in him having both legs and half of his left arm amputated. Undeterred by his disabilities he has shown an immense strength of character and tenacity, achieving success in not just one but two sports.
An inspiration to all, Will is a keen cricketer who receives special dispensation from the English Cricket Board to play for Newcastle Wasps able bodied U11 side alongside his younger brother Alex. As if this wasn’t enough, he is also an accomplished swimmer with Gosforth Dolphins, recently winning five medals, three of which were Gold, at this year’s DSE (Disability Sports Events) Youth Championship.
Having lit the flame on the Quayside and the current level of Team GB’s medal success at the Paralympics, according to Paul Dutton, a Lord’s Taverners committee member, Will may very well be one to watch. He said:
“It was an absolute pleasure to be able to arrange for Will and his team mates to meet with Paul and very kind of Paul to give up his time do to so and the Club to arrange it. Will’s achievements are incredible and go to show the strength of his determination not only to play sports but to succeed at a competitive level despite his disabilities which is inspirational to me and hopefully other young stars as well.”
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