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Teen Shelby set for charity London Marathon challenge

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A TEENAGE athlete from Johnstonebridge is gearing up to take part in the

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London Marathon wheelchair race later this month.
Seventeen-year-old T33 Para Athlete Shelby Watson is preparing to take part in the race for the second time.
Last time the teen, who has cerebral palsy and is a permanent wheelchair user, came in third in her category while she was raising money for the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Shelby’s chosen charity this year is the Dumfries branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society óa charity very close to her heart and one which will see money raised used to benefit local people.
The teenager said: “I am honoured to race at London and complete the marathon for such a worthy local charity.”
Shelby is currently ranked as number one in the UK and number two in the world in her classification as a T33 wheelchair racer.
She has also been selected by Scottish Athletics to represent Scotland at the CPISRA world games to be held in August and at present is undergoing an intensive training programme.
The Dumfries branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society came to the David Keswick Track, Dumfries, to meet with Shelby and to watch her train recently.
Branch secretary Anne Musgrave said: “Shelby is an extremely inspiring young lady.
“She first met one of our members last year, who suffers from MS, and was so inspired by her that she decided to fundraise for us.”
Anne added: “We are very grateful. Shelby is ranked number one in her category and she blew us all away when we went to watch her train recently.”
The Dumfries branch offer a listening ear for people affected by MS in Dumfries and Galloway and can provide all the MS Society’s free publications.
They also hold social functions, provide local contacts and hold fundraisers.
The London Marathon takes place on Sunday April 26.
To sponsor Shelby visit: www.justgiving.com/Shelby-watson.

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