LOCAL HERO AWARDS: Alderbury teenager wins Sports Achievement award

LOCAL HERO AWARDS: Alderbury teenager wins Sports Achievement award

Published by The Spire FM News Team at 9:17am 20th January 2019. (Updated at 5:01pm 21st January 2019)

Matthew Davies suffers from cerebal palsy but doesn't let that stop him from overcoming hurdles and aiming for the Paralympics.

The 14-year-old, who lives in Alderbury, is a keen swimmer.

The St Joseph's School student is a member of Durrington Otters Swimming Club and Romsey and Totton Swimming Club and has always loved the sport.

He's aiming to swim at the Paralympic Games in 2023, hoping to prove that his condition will not hinder him.

Matthew has cerebal palsy, a disorder that affects the movement of muscles and coordination, along with problems with sight, hearing and speaking.

Sports Achievement LHA 2019
Matthew with his award

He's never let that stop him from swimming though and recently competed as part of Team England in Cerebral Palsy International Sport and Recreation Association World Games 2018 in Spain.

Matthew came home on top of the world - he picked up silver in the 100m breaststroke.

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Spire FM's Chris Wright spoke to Matthew after the awards to talk about his plans for the future.

12 awards were handed out in total, and you can find the rest of the winners here.

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