ONE of Gloucestershire’s most outstanding young athletes is the new world shot put champion.
Teenager Scott Jones, from Swindon Village, caused a massive upset at the IPC World Athletics Championships today when he broke the F34 shot put world record with a throw of 13.38 metres.
The 15-year-old Cleeve School pupil, who is the youngest competitor in his field, had suffered three stroke-like symptoms two years ago, leaving him without the use of the right side of his body.
Earlier this year, another similar stroke left him in a wheelchair.
The determined teenager was not about to give up on athletics, scoring a host of gold medals in events leading up to the IPC World Athletics in Lyon.
Scott had previously been selected to be part of Team GB at last year’s Paralympic Games, but he narrowly missed out after coaches opted for older paralympians.
He is proving age is no barrier, and become the country’s 11th champion of the week.
Scott will be collecting his medal at 10am (11am BST) tomorrow, proudly supported by his family.
Full story in Saturday’s Echo.