CHESHIRE Paralympic hero Andy Small was given a VIP welcome to our Mornflake Mill in Crewe recently. The wheelchair racer, who scooped gold in Tokyo this summer, was presented with a hamper of his favourite Mornflake oats and donation to his racing kit as he trains for the World Para Athletics Championships in Japan next summer.
Andy, 28, from Nantwich, who begins mornings with Mornflake porridge topped with banana, took gold in a thrilling 100 metre race adding to an array of medals notched up over the years including bronze in 2016 Rio Paralympics.
Since his return he has been the focus of much media attention with TV presenters and national newspapers keen to tell the story of a young man who was born the country’s smallest baby at 1lbs 6oz and rose to Paralympic champion.
Mornflake Managing Director James Lea said: “We were delighted to meet Andy and make a donation to his kit. He’s a Mighty person in every sense and not only a great athlete. His positive attitude to life has made him an inspirational ambassador for disabled people on a global platform.”
Andy, who suffers from cerebral palsy, was inspired to take up the sport while watching the Paralympic Games in London in 2012. He then joined Stockport Wheelchair Racing, part of Stockport Harriers, not only to pursue the sport but meet other young disabled people.
His can-do attitude is seen across his social platforms. He said: “The club has given me friendship and fantastic support over the years. I can’t deny winning medals is great, but more importantly I would like my success to inspire disabled children and show them they can achieve at anything they want to do.
“Self-improvement, personal growth and pushing boundaries is vital to me as a sportsman. Being disabled shouldn’t define me or anyone like me. Life is fun and full of great adventures.”
His parents, retired English teachers Steve and Jenny Small, were seen rooting for their son on the British Paralympic Association Facebook page as he raced to the finish line in 17.73 seconds on a blisteringly hot day. The media whirlwind that followed Tokyo has included interviews on Channel 4’s The Last Leg, BBC Breakfast and ITV Good Morning Britain.
His training is now underway for next summer’s world challenge and a hearty breakfast is key. Andy starts training days with Mornflake Superfast Oats. He added: “My diet is pretty strict due to my condition and training needs but mornings are bliss. Mornflake oats are good fuel but also a comforting treat.”