Paralympian Graeme Ballard to present awards

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A Paralympic athlete who won silver and bronze medals will present an award at an event celebrating the achievements of young people in Lancashire.

Graeme Ballard from Chorley will present the 'Improving Lives’ award at Lancashire’s 'Celebrate Youth’ event on February 18.

In May 2012, while competing in the Paralympic World Cup in Manchester, Graeme, 33, became the first athlete with cerebral palsy to break 12 seconds for the 100 metres.

At the London 2012 paralympics, his third Games, Graeme added to his world record by winning a silver medal, adding to the bronze medal that he won in the T36 200m in Athens.

Lancashire’s ‘Celebrate Youth’ event will be held at Park Hall, Charnock Richard. Six young people will be recognised in a variety of categories including community engagement and beyond barriers.

Cabinet member for young people, County Coun Mark Perks, said: “The ‘Celebrate Youth’ event really is shaping up to be something that will inspire everyone who attends. Graeme’s sporting achievements are amazing.

“It’s such a great honour to have a world record holder from Lancashire presenting one of the awards.”

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