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East Lancashire teenager's bid to compete at Rio Paralympics
CLARETS fan Millie Forrest is hoping to compete at the Rio 2016 Paralympics despite her parents being once warned she may never walk.
Sporty Millie Forrest has just been named the ninth best discus thrower in the world in the F37 category and is also ranked second in the UK.
The 17-year-old was born with cerebral palsy and a cleft lip and palate and doctors warned she may be paralysed down her left side.
But after being encour-aged to get involved with sport at Longridge High School, the keen Burnley supporter, who has just achieved a personal best of 21.31 metres, is hoping she will make it onto the world stage.
She said: “I love playing sports, so to be able to say I am ranked ninth in the world at a sport I love is just crazy. I enjoy doing athletics so much and I also love being part of a team.
“It has changed my life so much. Just because I have a disability, that doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy sport.
“I love proving to myself that anything in life is possible if you put your mind to it. My goals are to carry on training really hard and pushing myself, then maybe the Rio Paralympics in 2016 won’t just be a dream.”
Millie, of Preston Road, Longridge, is now studying for a sports btec at Cardinal Newman College in Preston and has been selected to join Wigan Harriers by talent spotter Shelley Holroyd.
And since starting training there, she has also taken up the shot putt.
Shelley said: “Millie has gone from strength to strength since I first met her at a disability specific come and try day.”
Millie’s mum Justine said she was proud of her eldest daughter’s achievements, and added: “Millie has done amazingly.”
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