Highbridge swimmer aims to make a splash at London Paralympics
and Highbridge's Mayor has wished town swimmer Anthony Stephens
good luck as he makes final preparations to take part in the Paralympics
26, is hoping he can improve on the bronze medal he won at the
2008 Paralympics - one of five medals he has won overall in Athens
Highbridge swimmer will be in action on August 30th, September
1st, 6th, 7th and 8th in the 50m, 100m, 200m free, 50 backstroke,
and the 50m fly.
Mayor Ken Smout told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I'm delighted that
Anthony will be representing Burnham and Highbridge at the Paralympics
and we wish him all the best. I and many local people will be
watching his progress with a great deal of interest."
was born with no legs and just one fully developed arm, but has
never let this get in his way, and has been swimming from the
age of three and breaking records since he was 10.
went to school at Highbridge's King Alfred School and still has
many friends and relatives in the Burnham-On-Sea area.
Helen told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week: "We're all so proud
of Anthony and the excitement is really building now. We'll be
going up to cheer him on and have fingers crossed that he does
took part in the Paralympics in Beijing in 2008 where he won a
bronze medal in the 200m Freestyle. He was also sixth in the 50m
Freestyle and fourth in the 100m Freestyle.
the 2004 Paralymics in Athens he won a bronze medal in the 50m
Freestyle, a bronze in the 100m Freestyle and a silver in the
this year's British Championships in London, he won a bronze medal
in the 50m Backstroke and hopes are high of more success.