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VIDEO: Watford athlete Mitchell Dutton says it's his dream to compete at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro
Updated 1:03pm Monday 14th April 2014 in Sport
When Mitchell Dutton attended a secondary school fun day he had no idea it could lead to him representing his country at the Paralympics.
However, Dutton's natural talent for throwing shone through at the event. From then on he knew there was only one thing he wanted to do.
Athletics has since become the 18-year-old’s life and he is determined to make it all the way to the top of the sport.
Dutton, from Watford, currently competes in both the Amibant discuss and javelin and is ranked first in Europe for both events.
The youngster has always been a keen sportsman. Now he has found his passion, he believes the sky is the limit.
"I tried all different types of sports when I was younger such as kick boxing and cricket," Dutton said.
"But my teachers at my secondary school said 'why don’t you try this fun day for disabled people?'
"I went along and it had different mini-games to do with athletics and they noticed that I was a really good thrower.
"They chose me to do athletics at my local club and try out throwing. That was five years ago and now it’s my life.
"When I was selected for the UK School Games a couple of years ago, that was the biggest thing I’ve done so far. I just couldn’t believe it.
"I was speechless and didn’t think myself I was good enough to be there.
"But they obviously saw something in me it and gave me a lot of confidence. I’ve opened up more now."
Dutton's target is to make it to this year's Commonwealth Games. He believes his high ranking will be enough to ensure he makes the trip to Scotland.
"Hopefully I’ll make it to Glasgow," he said. "I need to improve my distance because I’m close to meeting the standard. I’m feeling confident."
"In my category for the seniors, I’m at sixth in the world in javelin and third in the world in discus so I’m pretty high. Everyone above me is in their 20 and 30s, and I’m only 18. But I’ve still got a long way to go.
Dutton is focused on competing at the 2016 Paralympics but has already set his sights on helping the next generation of athletes.
He said: "Fingers crossed if I get to the Paralympics and after that I will retire. But I’d like to carry on coaching athletics for disabled people."
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