Wednesday 14 December 2011
Stevie Pearson wins silver for England
Muscular Dystrophy Campaign supporter Stevie Pearson returned from Paris with a silver medal after competing with England's powerchair football team at the World Championships in November.
Stevie was diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy when he was three and a half years old. His interest in football began at the age of six when he started kicking a football around with friends. The 18 year old has been competing in the sport since the age of 10 when he started to use a powered wheelchair.
His local league team has held the premiership title for five years in a row. In 2007, when he was 14, Stevie was selected to represent England in the first World Cup in Japan where he helped the side finish fifth. Stevie said that "getting to the final shows how far we have come in four years. It was a massive achievement by everyone."
The 18 year old has also found time to become a Trailblazer, a network of young campaigners established by the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign to fight against the social injustices experienced by young people living with muscular dystrophy and related conditions. Read more about becoming a Trailblazer.
For more information about Stevie and the team read the Target MD article.