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Joy for Jessica with fine gold medal haul
6:00am Friday 23rd August 2013 in Sport
A TEENAGER from Stourport is showing that size is no barrier to sporting success after winning seven gold medals at the World Dwarf Games.
Jessica Benyon, 18, proved to be a strong all rounder while representing Great Britain.
The former Haybridge High School student won the 100 metre and 50m breaststroke, 50m and 25m freestyle swimming events.
The Wyre Forest Swimming Club member then moved to track and field and excelled to win the shot putt and discus.
Jessica was also part of the British ladies team who went onto win football tournament.
The Games were staged at Michigan State University and are the largest competition in the world for athletes with dwarfism, with over 400 athletes from 17 countries taking part.
Jessica, who is three 3ft 10in tall, had trained with Wyre Forest Swimming Club twice and week and in BIrmingham with the football and athletics teams in preparation.
She said: “I had always wanted to compete at the Games when I was old enough and it was a great experience.
“I wanted to do my best and have fun and I am delighted to win seven gold medals.”
Jessica admits she has been inspired to succeed by British Paralympic swimming phenomenon Ellie Simmomds, who has won four gold medals in Beijing and London.
“Ellie is someone I look up to, she’s changed the perception of what people like myself are capable of doing,” said Jessica.
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