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Guildford teen eyes up Paralympic dream

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Guildford teen eyes up Paralympic dream

Published at 6:00am 29th May 2017.

A Guildford teenager is hoping to represent Team GB in the Para Athletics World Championships.

Dillon Labrooy is currently in Switzerland trying to secure the qualifying time he needs to compete in the competition, which is in London this summer.

The 19 year-old has been in a wheelchair since birth and was inspired to get into athletics after the 2012 Olympics.

"I went down to the Sports Fest at the Surrey Sports Park and they had wheelchair racing there." Dillon told Eagle.

"I just tried it out and one of the British Athletics officials directed me to the David Weir and Jenny Archer Academy."

Dillon's career in athletics then went from strength to strength and he is now competing in the Swiss Open Nationals in Abon in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m and 1500m heats and finals.

He has already set a new PB in the 1500m, 400m and the 100m.

Dillon then travels to Nottwil, also in Switzerland, where he will be competing in the same disciplines at the Para Athletics Grandprix.

"It would be a great experience and my first senior international competition.

"Hopefully it would be a stepping stone towards Tokyo in 2020."

Competing in the Paralympics is Dillon's dream and he is also eyeing up a place in the Commonwealth Games in 2018.


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