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Paralympics 2016: Ollie Nugent and Nathan Maguire among those going for gold

Local athletes are out in Rio flying the flag for Great Britain

Former Chester FC youngster Ollie Nugent has been called up to the Paralympics GB team for Rio 2016(Image: onEdition)

A former Chester FC footballer and teenager from Ashton Hayes are among the ranks of Paralympics GB athletes going for gold at the Rio 2016 Games.

Striker Ollie Nugent is a member of the 14-strong GB squad that will compete in seven-a-side football, while wheelchair athlete Nathan Maguire has earned a place on the T54 4x400m relay squad.

Nugent, who has cerebral palsy, linked up with Chester FC’s academy after leaving Tranmere Rovers and had an excellent 2015/16 campaign.

He helped the Blues win the North West Youth Alliance Premier Division title and NWYA Open Cup, and scored against Oldham Athletic in the FA Youth Cup.

Ollie Nugent delighted as hard work pays off with Rio call-up

Nugent made his senior debut against Hyde United in the Cheshire Senior Cup in January before leaving the club at the end of the season.

Academy head coach Calum McIntyre said of the 18-year-old’s Paralympics GB call-up: “Everyone at the club is delighted for Ollie and would like to congratulate him on this terrific achievement. I’ll be following events from Rio closely andt I know he’ll be a huge success.”

Nugent, who hails from Irby on the Wirral, has already had a taste of what playing football in Brazil is all about.

He said: “I’ve been out there with the Great Britain team, where we played a Brazilian team as well as doing a bit of sightseeing. It’s really whetted my appetite for the Paralympics now and made me very excited. It’s been a great experience playing in a different country with different fans and culture.

Olympic duties for University of Chester team

“It’s the best feeling ever representing your country.”

Nugent was part of the Great Britain team that came fourth at the IFCPF Pre-Paralympic Tournament in Spain earlier this year and one of seven players included in the squad who helped England to a fifth-placed finish at last year’s Cerebral Palsy Football World Championships.

Nugent will be joined in Rio by Ashton Hayes athlete Maguire, a former pupil at Helsby High . The 19-year-old, who trains at Halton and Frodsham Harriers , makes his Paralympic debut in the 4x400m alongside David Weir, Richard Chiassaro and Mickey Bushell.

Nathan Maguire has earned a place on the T54 4x400m relay squad for the Rio Paralympics

Other Cheshire athletes in the GB squad include Nantwich’s Andrew Small and Middlewich’s Dan Bramall, both of whom compete in the T33 100m for wheelchair athletes.

The Paralympics get under way with an opening ceremony at Rio's Maracana Stadium this evening (September 7), starting at 10.15pm (BST). The final day of competition is September 18.

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