Megan wins nine medals at games

Ten-year-old Megan Atkinson from Peterlee who won nine medals at the British Dwarf Sports Association National Games held in Birmingham.
Ten-year-old Megan Atkinson from Peterlee who won nine medals at the British Dwarf Sports Association National Games held in Birmingham.
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INSPIRATIONAL Megan Atkinson has been going for gold at this year’s Dwarf Sports Association Games.

The 10-year-old was born with growth disorder achondroplasia, which affects one in 15,000 births, but she has never let it get in the way of sporting success.

The keen swimmer has just returned home to Oakerside Park, Peterlee, with a haul of three gold, three silver and three bronze medals from the national games in Birmingham.

Mum Sarah said she was immensely proud of the Our Lady of the Rosary School pupil’s achievement.

“It’s a huge competition with people attending from around the world,” she said. “Her gold medals were for swimming and football which are her favourite sports, but she also got awards for running, discus and shot-put.

“I think it’s unusual for someone to get so many medals in one go.

“Megan won seven medals last year, but we weren’t sure how well she’d do this time around.

“Last year she was in the under-10s category, but she moved up a category to under-14s this time which is a tougher category. We are really proud of her.”

Megan, who goes to Peterlee Swimming Club, is determined to continue with her athletics.

Sarah added: “The Dwarf Athletics is a great idea.

“In other athletics Megan is not likely to win, but this gives her the chance to compete with people on an equal level.”