Belfast Telegraph

Jack Agnew is our new golden boy after triumphing in first major outing

By Frank Brownlow

Jack Agnew has struck gold at the Paralympic School Games in Brazil in what is his very first taste of international competition for GB & NI.

Ulster has a proud tradition in Paralympic sport thanks to the stunning performances of Kelly Gallagher, Jason Smyth and Michael McKillop.

And Jack maintained those high standards when winning the T54 400m wheelchair race in a PB of 57.04. 

The 16-year-old from Belfast, who won an OCS Young Sportsperson Award last week, is also entered in the 100m and 200m.

Jack — who is backed by the Mary Peters Trust and Athletics NI — won the England Athletics 1500m Junior Championship in September and is one of eight young British athletes to make the 12 hour flight to Natal, Brazil.

“I’m really pleased to be part of the team. It’s a brilliant opportunity for me,” he said.

The team are up against competitors from each of Brazil’s 27 states.

The Paralympic School Games, known as the Paralimpiadas Escolares, is an annual event in the South American country and will see thousands of athletes compete across 10 sports.

Taking part in the Games will give athletes a unique opportunity to compete against quality international competition and experience how it feels to be part of an event such as the Paralympic Games. It will also enhance the development of their future careers as athletes.

Katie Jones, Talent Manager for British Athletics, said: “Jack has been part of the Parallel Success Academy this year, he has worked hard and been competitive throughout the season.

“This is a great opportunity for Jack to compete for GB & NI at an international competition and to learn from the whole experience. We wish Jack the best of luck and a successful competition in Brazil.”

A daily round-up of all the action happening in Natal, plus photos, videos and interviews with the athletes, can be found on

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