Cheltenham's Scott Jones battles back to represent Britain
BEATING his competitors in athletics is not the greatest achievement for Scott Jones.
The 15-year-old, from Swindon Village, has already overcome the loss of the use of legs after suffering three stroke- like symptoms in 2010.
Doctors have still not been unable to make an accurate diagnosis.
But while that might put others down, Scott kept on playing sport, taking after his father, who played rugby for the county.
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The Cheltonian had qualified for the London Paralympic Games last year in the shot putt and discus, but was not selected because of his age.
But he will now be going for the world record in both events when he heads out to the FAZAA International Athletics Competition, from March 23 to 26.
Mother Liz paid tribute to her son's mental strength in bouncing back. "He has such phenomenal mental strength, and is a very strong boy," she said. "It was really hard to see him go down, but he has battled back, which is very much like him.
"It's been difficult, but he just simply will not be beaten."
Scott completely lost the use of both legs in January this year, and has to use a wheelchair.
The medal hopeful will be reclassified for the games, but is already looking forward to taking the upcoming competition by storm.
Scott, who currently holds eight world and European junior records, said: "The world records are within reach in Dubai.
"It has been difficult. When it first happened, I didn't think much of it, but it became worse.
"Sport really keeps me going. It trains me to be mentally strong, and I can't wait for the games to begin."
David Laughlin, deputy headteacher at Cleeve School, said: "Those who know Scott will be aware that he rarely speaks about his achievements, about his disability, and any kind of praise he will just shrug off.
"Despite recent set backs with his health, he refuses to give in to his disability and insists on being at school. He is an inspiration to others, and he should be rightly proud."