Disabled Boldon teen selected for talent programme at Sainsbury’s games in Sheffield

Boldon School pupil Jordan Kelly
Boldon School pupil Jordan Kelly
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A DISABLED young athlete has success in his sights after being selected to take part in a scheme for aspiring sports stars.

Jordan Kelly, 15, is one of 150 youngsters from across the country who will attend the Talent Inspiration Programme (TIP) at the Sainsbury’s 2013 School Games in Sheffield in September.

The Boldon School pupil was nominated by school sports co-ordinator Amanda Legg for his achievements in the two years since he took up athletics.

Last year Jordan took part in the National Junior Athletics Championships 2013 in Warwick and came first in the precision club and fourth in the slalom. Jordan, from Sidney Street, Boldon Colliery, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when he was 13 months old and has been in a wheelchair all his life.

Mrs Legg said: “He is a determined and hard-working young man who has climbed to the top of his sport in only two years.”

Jordan says he has been inspired by last year’s Paralympic Games in London to take his sporting interests as far as he can.

He added: “If you had told me when I first came to this school that I would be doing stuff like this, I would have said you were telling me fibs. I have discovered a passion I never knew I had for these sports.”