Weston teen chosen to support 2016 Paralympics

PUBLISHED: 15:00 26 September 2013

Steven Baker

Steven Baker


A WESTON teenager completed one of the 5,750 miles - the distance from London to Rio - in support of the 2016 Paralympics in Brazil.

Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s was looking for children across the UK to complete a mile in support of the Paralympians on the road to Rio in three years time.

To help support the next generation of athletes Steven Baker, aged 13, was selected by Worle’s Sainsbury’s to complete one of the miles.

The Priory Community School pupil was given the chance to bask in the glory of the Olympic stadium and feel like a true athlete as he participated in their race to Rio event.

The day started with a coaching session with Toni Minichiello, who turned Jessica Ennis from a raw beginner into the Olympic heptathlon champion we all know.

Steven completed his mile around the track and was the first in his group to pass the finish line.

He also got the chance to meet Rhys Williams, the European 400m hurdles champion, and Dan Greaves an international discus thrower.

Steven said: “The whole day was so much fun, the coaching session with Toni was amazing and it was great to warm up the track for Usain Bolt.”

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