Corfe Hills schoolboy in training for Rio Paralympics

Bournemouth Echo: George Rogers,14, who has cerebral palsy, and trains at the Canford School pool in preparation for the national Disability Swimming Championships Buy this photo George Rogers,14, who has cerebral palsy, and trains at the Canford School pool in preparation for the national Disability Swimming Championships

A 14-year-old boy with cerebral palsy has set his sights on making a splash at the Rio Paralympics in four years’ time.

Corfe Hills schoolboy George Rogers is training for national and international swimming competitions and has secured vital new sponsorship from Dorset based outdoor adventure company Land & Wave.

He will be supported in his training, entry fees and travel expenses while he competes nationally as part of the Cerebral Palsy England swimming squad.

With a busy schedule of training and competitions, the sponsorship ensures he can compete in events all over the country to progress his swimming career.

Next summer he will take part in the Cerebral Palsy International swimming meet and his ultimate dream is competing in the Paralympics.

“It’s essential I compete and train as much as possible to be in with a shot of being picked for the Paralympics in 2016,” said George, who trains at Canford School.

“Having a sponsor like Land & Wave takes the pressure off my family and means I can enter all of the big swim meets and improve my personal best.”

Last month he represented West Dorset Warriors for the third time running at the Disability Regional Championships at Bristol and qualified for the national finals.

Swimming against 15 competitors across four races he won a bronze medal in the 200m freestyle and was sixth in the 100m breaststroke.

He met Owen Senior, director of the Poole-based company on a residential adventure course last year where he took part in kayaking, raft building and team building.

Owen described him as an “extremely driven athlete” who he was sure would achieve great success and who they were very happy to support.

“Even in the current economic climate it’s vital that local companies support their communities however possible,” he said.

Proud mum Sam said: “With the help from Land & Wave, we’re now able to travel to events we couldn’t afford to attend before.

“George can now look forward to competing at all the meets he needs to and won’t miss out.

“We take each race at a time, but it’s exciting to think about the success that could lie ahead for George.”

Comments (5)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

9:21am Wed 2 Jan 13

Bomo30 says...

Good luck George! Bring on Rio 2016!
Good luck George! Bring on Rio 2016! Bomo30
  • Score: 0

6:32pm Wed 2 Jan 13

tallchap says...

Go for it George!

And, well done to Owen @ Land & Wave for supporting up and coming athletes.
Go for it George! And, well done to Owen @ Land & Wave for supporting up and coming athletes. tallchap
  • Score: 0

9:05pm Wed 2 Jan 13

animagic21 says...

Fantastic George.....looking forward to seeing a gold postbox in Poole!!!
Fantastic George.....looking forward to seeing a gold postbox in Poole!!! animagic21
  • Score: 0

9:18pm Wed 2 Jan 13

Catherine:) says...

Good luck George! You have made everyone so proud of you! Keep up the great work! :D
Good luck George! You have made everyone so proud of you! Keep up the great work! :D Catherine:)
  • Score: 0

11:37pm Wed 2 Jan 13

mark.musician says...

Good Luck! :)
Good Luck! :) mark.musician
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree