Schoolboy chosen for GB Dwarf Olympics team

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A PUPIL is hoping for a run of good results when he takes part in an international sporting celebration.

Eleven-year-old Mark Swan will travel to Michigan in the United States to take part in the GB Team of the Dwarf Olympics in August.

11-year-old Mark Swan is off to America to take part in the Dwarf Olympics, he has won 16 medals for various sports including, football, table tennis, discus and running over the past 2 years in the Dwarf Sports Association Games and  he currently also the under 11's dwarf world record for the shot putt.

11-year-old Mark Swan is off to America to take part in the Dwarf Olympics, he has won 16 medals for various sports including, football, table tennis, discus and running over the past 2 years in the Dwarf Sports Association Games and he currently also the under 11's dwarf world record for the shot putt.

His family need to raise £1,000 to cover the cost of getting the Shotton Hall Academy pupil and his mum Andrea, 35, to the event.

Once there, he will compete in events including shot putt, discus, javelin, football, table tennis, basketball and the 40-metre and 60-metre sprints.

Mark, who is in Year 7, has already scooped a host of golds since he started taking part in sporting events two years ago.

In his first games he broke the record for throwing a cricket ball, which was 16 metres, when he threw 21 metres.

Andrea said: “Now he’s training with Chester-le-Street Cricket Club, which is training him with his running, shot putt and javelin.

“He’s got far on his own, but since he’s been going in the last month, his technique has got really good.”

She said they were looking forward to the international competition, which follows the Dwarf Sports Association Games in Birmingham, which were held at the weekend, but they face a race to find the funds to get to America.

“As far as the £1,000 goes, as a mother of seven children, it’s going to be hard to get together, so we’re raising money,” she added.

A charity event will be held at the Hearts of Oak in their home town of Peterlee on Friday, May 24.

Admission will be £2.50 for adults and £1 for children, with tickets available at the bar or on the door.

The family evening will run from 6pm to 11pm and will include a performance by a singer, disco run with the support of MNJ Entertainment, and balloon modelling.

Andrea, who is also mum to Luke, 18, Nicole, 15, Amelia, eight, Paul, six, Lilly, five, and Alfie Peart, two, is being helped by the Dream It Believe It Achieve It charity.

Mark will join St Bede’s School pupil Megan Atkinson, 12, from Peterlee, who will also take part in the Dwarf Olympics.