A young man’s dream of competing in the next Paralympics has been boosted by a donation from a sports coaching firm.
Nate Williams, 22, from Little Sutton aspires to make the Great Britain team at the Paralympic Games in Rio in 2016.
A former wheelchair basketball player he took up wheelchair racing and was named the under-23 national champion in the class for athletes with cerebral palsy in his debut season.
He began fundraising to buy an extra-light carbon fibre race chair.
The sports journalist graduate is now being sponsored by Neston based expert sports coaching company AFYA which has provided him with branded kit and a ï¿½1,000 donation to help buy the chair.
Nate competed for the first time in the £4,300 custom made chair at the recent national championships at Stoke Mandeville.
“The donation from AFYA has allowed me to buy the specialist race chair I need to compete at the highest level,” he said.
“I used it for the first time last week at the championships and recorded three personal bests.
“My goal has always been to make the Great Britain team and represent my country at the Paralympic Games and inspire others just like Tanni Grey-Thompson inspired me.”
Nate raised the rest of the money he needed through donations from family and friends and doing a sponsored push at David Lloyd Leisure at Cheshire Oaks.
He plans to compete internationally in Berlin on June 20-22.
Ben Wood, managing director of AFYA, says: “I was impressed with Nate’s dedication and his dream to compete in the next Paralympics so was delighted to be able to help him achieve his goals.”