An inspirational athlete from Penzance has returned from a “life-changing” trip to Canada where she competed for the Dwarf Team GB.
Abigail Birch, 13, has brought home several medals in her first international competition. The Mounts Bay Academy pupil took part in the World Dwarf Games, held every four years, in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
This year 19 countries took part, many only fielding one or two athletes, such as Peru, Austria and New Zealand. This made competing in the games even more special for everyone, according to Abigail, who formed new international friendships.
“During the 10-day event I competed in events that I have chosen to concentrate on in my sports such as shot where I achieved a bronze medal along with javelin then came a second bronze medal,” she said.
“In the discus, I achieved a silver medal, however on the track I was pushed very hard against the Canadian and USA athletes which I was competing against but my training paid off and I was awarded bronze medal positions in both the 100m and 60m runs.
“I wasn’t performing at my best on the track and field day due to coping with the heat and time difference, however I am still really pleased with my achievements.”
While at the games Abigail also participated in some team events such as hockey where Team GB took the bronze medal.
She was also capped in their basketball and volleyball teams, although did not pick up any medals and settled for fourth place after missing out by just five points in each event.
“I can safely say that attending these games have changed my life,” she added. “I have achieved things I would never have thought possible.
“Along the way I have made lasting friendships from all over the world.
“I would like to thank everyone who has supported my fundraising and helped me achieve something so special that turned a dream into a reality for me.”
This week the young athlete is heading off to the Under 17 and Under 15 championships in Bedford and she has also been selected for the Schools Games Finals at Loughborough.
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