Wednesday, 16 November 2011

Meggan Dawson-Farrell

Quite a few days! Had a (rare) night out on Saturday when one of my neighbours arranged a race night in a local hotel to raise funds for their daughter's athletics activities. Meggan Dawson-Farrell is a paralympic athlete and, at 19 years old (she's not a whisky!) is becoming a very accomplished wheelchair athlete. At a national event in Stoke in August, she came in third over 1500 meters behind a paralympic gold medallist and the world junior champion. She knocked 43 seconds off her persoanl best over 10k in Kelso a few weeks ago, coming away with the award for the best performance on the day.
She's 30th in the world rankings over 100 metres; 35th over 200 metres; 40th over 400 metres; 38th over 800 metres; 29th over 1,500 metres and 21st over 10,000 metres. She is aiming for the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and Olympics in 2016.
Her wheelchair costs £4,500.00, with, additionally, each wheel costing £1,500.00, never mind the travel and accommodation costs, so events such as this are essential if she is to continue to develop as a paralympic athlete.
I am pleased to say that they raised £2,000 on the night and hopefully will raise more on the back of the night.

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