A YOUNG para-athlete has been inspired by the Commonwealth Games and said that “one day I want to be in their shoes.”
Amy Thompson, 15, (shown, right) who studies at Holy Family High School in Thornton, won gold in shotput and the discus at the World Para Athletics Championships in Italy with Team GB this year.
After being invited to watch a beach volleyball match at the Commonwealth Games last week in Birmingham, it has left her dreaming of taking part in the international event in the future.
She said: “We were only in Birmingham for the day, but it was huge to have been invited to watch.
“It was a great opportunity to experience what it is like at these sorts of competitions before you actually go to compete.
“If I do make it to a Commonwealth Games now, it will feel far more normal.”
Thompson competes at Wigan Harriers, having risen to F41 UK number one in the shot put and discus.
After rising to the top of her sport domestically, Thompson has been inspired after watching the Commonwealth Games on home soil.
She said: “Being able to watch the Commonwealth Games this summer was really inspiring
“To see it in real life was incredible. One day I want to be in their shoes, so it is a big inspiration.
“I really look up to Kirsty Law because she has incredible determination to succeed, and she respects that even in defeat, she has to come back and drive to succeed.
“It’s really important to have these role models because they’re relatable.”
Thompson is a member of Aldi’s Rising Stars, a programme that supports 20 young athletes by providing a financial award to help with training and competition costs, while also delivering personal development opportunities to many athletes through workshop sessions.
Aldi is the Official Supermarket Partner of Team GB and ParalympicsGB and have partnered with Team GB since 2015, ParalympicsGB since 2022 and will be supporting them through to Paris 2024.