SWIMMING: STUART Bloor could achieve his dream of competing in this year's Paralympics.
The 16-year-old continued to sparkle in the pool by taking eight medals at the DSE National Junior Championships in Sheffield.
The Coppenhall High School student, who suffers from spina bifida, won six golds and two silvers in the event at Ponds Forge.
He also set two new national records, achieved six personal bests and two Paralympic trial qualifying times in the 50m and 100m backstroke competitions.
Stuart, who is sponsored by Crewe company Mornflake Oats, clocked 39.55 seconds in the 50m backstroke, and one minute 24.44 secs in the 100m back-stroke.
He also won golds in the 50m breaststroke, 100m freestyle, 100m individual medley and helped the North West to victory in the 100m medley relay.
Stuart's dad Steve said: 'The backstroke is Stuart's best stroke and he will now go through to the Paralympic trials which take place in April.
'They will also be held at Ponds Forge, which is like the Wembley Stadium of swimming.
'The remarkable thing about his latest results are that they come after he spent months unable to swim with a foot injury.
'He never seems to let anything faze him and just gets on with things with sheer determination.'
Stuart, of Ridgway Street, is a regular champion at the DSE Junior Championships but has become a hugely popular figure for his work in the community.
Although he has been largely confined to a wheelchair since birth, he has managed to compete as a disabled athlete in a number of sports and gives his time to coach able-bodied members of South West Cheshire Scouts in swimming and life-saving.
In 2002, he was named Chron-icle-Scottish Power Champion of Champions and Young Champion of the Year and in December became the 2003 OCS Disabled Sportsperson of the Year.
The Paralympic Games will take place in Athens, Greece, from September 17 to 28.