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A Middlesbrough Paralympic hopeful has been helped on her way to success by Erimus Housing.
Medal-winning Jade Jones, from Brambles Farm, received a charitable donation from the company to help pay for equipment and travel.
The 15-year-old wheelchair racer has only been competing for almost three years since she was spotted at a school sports event by Paralympic champion Tanni Grey-Thompson.
So far Jade has travelled to countries including Switzerland and recently returned from New Zealand, where she was part of a 40-strong Great Britain team competing in the World Championships.
The Ormesby School student reached the finals of every event she entered, with her best result a fantastic fifth place in the 200m.
Now Jade, who won five gold medals in the World Junior Championships, has flown back home to restart her gruelling schedule of training six days a week, coached by Tanni’s husband Ian, as well as attending school.
Her ultimate ambition is to bring home a medal in the 2016 Paralympics in Rio, Brazil, if she doesn’t make it to the 2012 London Paralympics.
Jade thanked Erimus Housing for helping her continue her path to the competition.
“It has really helped me out,” she said. “Donations help me get to all my events and also help me buy kit. I am really grateful.”
Chris Smith, Managing Director of Erimus Housing, said: “We are committed to social investment, including raising the aspirations of young people within our communities.
“Jade is a real role model for other young people; she is dedicated to her sport and training schedule while working hard and succeeding at school.
“Jade is an inspiration and a great ambassador for Middlesbrough. She should be very proud of what she has achieved so far and we wish her all the best in her future sporting career, which we will watch with interest.”