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Athletics: Havering’s O’Hara has his say in Westminster

PUBLISHED: 08:30 27 April 2018

Havering's Kieran O'Hara and mother Wendy talk to MP Mark Harper, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (pic Mencap)

Havering's Kieran O'Hara and mother Wendy talk to MP Mark Harper, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group (pic Mencap)

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Havering’s Kieran O’Hara was one of two athletes to speak at the All Party Parliament Group on Learning Disability at Westminster last week.

The group examined the difficulties that sports people with learning difficulties are encountering at the elite level and about 60 people attended, including representatives from British Athletics, all the disability sports bodies, MPs and other interested parties.

Athletes with learning difficulties are still under represented at elite level and problems also occur due to issues and disputes concerning UKSA, the body which has sole rights to select GB athletics and swimming teams for international events below Paralympics level.

O’Hara is an Under-20 middle distance runner with learning disabilities from Upminster who last year won three gold medals and a silver in the National MENCAP Championships and was a runner-up in the Havering Sports Council Awards.

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