A talented member of Grantham Swimming Club took part in the Cerebral Palsy World Games at the Harvey Hadden Sports Complex in Nottingham last week.
Sixteen-year-old Hayley Milne was proud to be part of the 17-strong national team representing England, aiming to win medals and inspire other young people with cerebral palsy to get involved in sport.
Hayley secured her place in Team CP England after a successful season achieving impressive times in national and regional competitions.
Hayley took part in five events and won gold medals in four of them – 200m individual medley, 100m freestyle, 100m breaststroke and 50m freestyle. She achieved personal bests in the 200m IM and the 50m freestyle.
Hayley took up swimming at the age of 10 and, although cerebral palsy limits her mobility on the whole of her right side, she has not let it become a restraint.
To be chosen for the team Hayley had to work hard to qualify. Hayley’s mother Sharon said: “She is a real inspiration, not only to young people with cerebral palsy but to everyone.
“Hayley has never let her disability hold her back from anything; we are so proud of her. She trains for nine-and-a-half hours a week at Grantham Swimming Club.
“It is great to see her representing her country at this level of competition.”
Athletes from 13 countries competed in a variety of sports including athletics, bowls and football, and there were demonstration competitions for table cricket and Para-Tae Kwon-do.
The medals were presented by Paralympian swimmers Matt Walker and Sacha Kindred.