John Whitgift Academy student sets her sights on 2020 Paralympics dream
THIS teenager has her sights firmly set on the 2020 Paralympics.
At an open day for people with disabilities at White Lodge shooting school, at Thornton Curtis, 14-year-old John Whitgift Academy student Chloe Osborne said she is keen to represent Britain at the games.
Chloe, who has spina bifida, is already achieving acclaim in table tennis.
But at the shooting school open day, she showed she is equally talented with clay pigeon shooting and archery.
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The school offered wheelchair users the chance to participate in the sports for free.
With wheelchair-friendly access throughout the school, participants were able to enjoy the countryside pursuits.
Chloe, of Laceby Acres, who has had spina bifida since birth, said: "I watched quite a lot of the Paralympics, especially my friend Jamie Carter, in the athletics.
"Sport means a lot. It shows what can be achieved."
She added: "Taking part in sports proves people wrong when they say that because you are in a wheelchair you cannot do X, Y or Z. But if you put your mind to it, you can achieve whatever you want."
Chloe said: "I am hoping I can be selected for the 2020 Games."
She said she thoroughly enjoyed the open day at the shooting school and had learned about it in preview articles in the Grimsby Telegraph.
After taking part in archery and shooting, Chloe said she hoped to equal the success of archery gold medallist Danielle Brown, who won the women's individual compound open final.
Fellow shooter Ken Welton, 86, of Aylesby, who is in a wheelchair after a fall, said: "It was good to take part. It has been a lovely day. I am very grateful to them for having us here. I really enjoyed the shooting."
The retired tractor driver added: "I spent nine weeks in hospital after my fall. It hasn't stopped me. I have a very good wife – Connie – who takes me out a lot."
Both Chloe and Ken shot two clays at their first attempt thanks to guidance from the school's owner Robert Jobson.
He said: "It is a humbling experience to take them around the activities we have here.
"It is wonderful to see their faces light up."
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Anyone wishing more details about white Lodge Shooting School can log on to www.whitelodgeshootingschool.co.uk or call 01469 540596.