Pip raises the bar in Barcelona

PUBLISHED: 12:00 21 August 2018 | UPDATED: 12:00 21 August 2018

Pip Mannings.

Pip Mannings.

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North Somerset athlete Pip Manning represented England in the Cerebral Palsy World Games held in Spain.

North Somerset Athletic Club member Pip Manning represented England in the Cerebral Palsy World Games, held in Sant Cugat, Spain.

This unique multi-sport competition has taken place every four years since 1989 and this year saw 800 competitors from 24 countries come together to compete on the outskirts of Barcelona.

Pip, born prematurely in 1993, has cerebral palsy and a learning disability, but after watching the Paralympics in London 2012, she was inspired to try athletics and joined North Somerset Athletic Club.

Under the watchful eye of head coach Chris Millard, she has demonstrated impressive progression to take her place in England’s para athletics and race running team, contending in the T35 100m and 200m on consecutive days.

In her first international competition, Pip was cheered on by family and friends as she battled her way to fourth (100m) and fifth (200m), narrowly missing out on those podium places.

Off the track, a great team spirit and friendly atmosphere saw Pip making friends with other athletes, supporters and officials from as far afield as Singapore and USA.

The club would like to add how incredibly proud they are of Pip, she has worked hard for six years to earn this well-deserved call up and is much loved within the club.

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