Lewis throws a personal best to land gold medal

LITTLEHAMPTON discus thrower Lewis Edwards produced a personal best as he struck gold in the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports World Junior Games at Stoke Mandeville Stadium.

Lewis Edwards
Lewis Edwards

Edwards, who was appearing in the event for the first time, was crowned champion after he threw a spectacular distance of 22.50 metres.

The 16-year-old beat his previous best by nearly half a metre and he was delighted with his success.

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He said: “I am really, really happy.

“It’s hard to put it into words. I was not expecting to win a medal, I was just aiming to beat my personal best and anything else was a bonus.”

Edwards is no stranger to Stoke Mandeville as he took part in the WheelPower’s National Junior Games with The Angmering School last year.

He added: “Stoke Mandeville is everything to me, it was the start of my sporting career.

“It’s where I started throwing and I have tried a lot of different sports here and always really enjoyed it, it means a lot to come back here to compete.”

Edwards is now aiming to one day take part in the Paralympics and is hoping to represent Great Britain in Tokyo in 2020.