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Disabled Bushey Meads pupil, Charlie Baker, celebrates triple win at National Junior Games
A sixteen-year-old is celebrating winning triple glory at the National Junior Games - an event for disabled juniors to discover and excel in sport.
Charlie Baker, a pupil at Bushey Meads, won first place athletics combo in shot, discus, and javelin.
He said: "I have been going to the National Junior Games for six years and it has been great every year.
"I would truly recommend anyone who has the chance to go - because you make new friends, you won't want to leave, and it will also inspire you to take part in sport which could lead you to be in the next Paralympics."
The four day festival was held recently at Stoke Mandeville Stadium in Buckinghamshire with around 150 disabled juniors aged between 11 and 18 taking part to discover and excel in sport.
Charlie was joined by Katie Burke, Jodie Hall, Lola Chappell, Courtney Ward, Grace Bonner, Meesha Kanani, Ben Lawson, Jasmine Frost, Megan Hughes, Lee Keogh, Hannah Spriggs, Sarthak Kanel and Chloe King who all represented Bushey Meads.
Team leader Nicky Day said: "It's always the highlight of our year.
"Our students thoroughly enjoy the opportunities to try out and compete in so many different events as well as experience being part of a team for four days.
"It really helps to develop their sporting skills as well as build their confidence levels. We have a fantastic team of staff supporting our students too without whom the trip would not happen."
Stewart Jeeves, the sports development officer for WheelPower, said: "There has been a great atmosphere here with lots of new and lasting friendships being formed and lots of new skills being learnt.
"Everyone has really got involved in all the activities available. I’m sure the participants will go home full of confidence from their involvement in sport."
The Bushey Meads team
The sports on offer included wheelchair basketball, table tennis, table cricket, archery, powerchair football, field and track athletics, powerlifting, snooker, zone hockey and pool.
Ian Barham, manager of Buckinghamshire Legacy - the partnership set up to keep the Olympic and Paralympic spirit alive in the county - said: "I’m delighted these games have gone so well. It’s fantastic to see the legacy still exists with young people travelling from all over the UK to play sport in our county."
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