VIDEO: George's marvellous journey: teen travels by wheelchair, kayak, walking frame and hand cycle to fund swimming dream (From Bournemouth Echo)
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VIDEO: George's marvellous journey: teen travels by wheelchair, kayak, walking frame and hand cycle to fund swimming dream
A WATER-loving teen with cerebral palsy travelled self-propelled from Hengistbury Head to his home in Upton in aid of his future swimming career.
George Rogers used his wheelchair, a kayak, walking frame and finally a hand cycle to complete the journey on Saturday to fundraise for his ‘dream career’.
While the 14-year-old currently represents England’s cerebral palsy swimming team against other countries in the UK, George could reach international level if he had the funds.
And thanks to Saturday’s challenge he now has £4,000 to put towards it.
George said: “We went for a walk at Hengistbury Head one day and I’ve been talking about doing a fundraising event for a while now, and I just sort of combined the two ideas.
He added: “It was great to have lots of people supporting me on Saturday, and it’s all for my dream, which is to be a paralympic swimmer for Great Britain.
“My whole family, including my brother Chris, have been behind me all the way, along with all the support I’ve had on my website head2home.com”
Proud mum, Sam, said: “When George started at Corfe Hills School a year ago, he went on this fantastic adventure trip organised by a company called Land and Wave, which just broke down all those worries and barriers for him.
“He’s been swimming for a couple of years and has reached a high level quickly. He is only three seconds away from international times, but just needs the funding for it.”
David Mutton, activities manager at Land and Wave, which also sponsors George, said: “It’s been really exciting for us, as we’ve never done something like this before.
“When we met George, we saw that he was a pretty amazing person and it’s more than just about the disability with him.”
He added: “We started the kayaking in May this year, and at first we had our setbacks, such as the kayak not being quite set up for him, but we adapted it, and he’s come on so well.”
For more information, and to donate vist George’s website head2home.com
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