HEALTHY LIVING: Sheffield blade runner boy aims for Paralympics

Ben O'Brien, aged 11, with mum and step dad Dawn and David Sowden, of Ecclesfield.

Ben O'Brien, aged 11, with mum and step dad Dawn and David Sowden, of Ecclesfield.

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When doctors gave mum Dawn Sowden the distressing news that her son’s leg would have to be amputated above the knee following complications with treatment for bone cancer, she feared he would struggle for the rest of his life.

But brave 11-year-old Ben O’Brien has put paid to any fears that he would never be back on his feet - showing true determination by not only getting to grips with a false leg, but taking up athletics with the help of a running blade.

Ben, a pupil at Ecclesfield Primary School, is now making impressive progress, training every week with the City of Sheffield Athletic Club - and he’s even set his sights on competing in the 2020 Paralympics.

 

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