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Paralympic Hopes for Junior and Donard

The Olympics is the worlds third biggest sporting event and with the next games to be held in France this summer fast approaching, we at Outlookers have a very special reason to celebrate.
The Paralympics take place in Paris from Wednesday 28th August through to Sunday 8th September and we are proud to announce that a pairing from within our membership will be taking part, as part of the #TeamRefugee Delegate.Image shows Donard and Junior standing outside Brian Jackson House smiling.

Guillaume Junior Atangana, 25, known to his friends as Junior, has been registered blind since childhood, and is originally from the Cameroon. He now lives in West Yorkshire and has been a regular attendee at our sessions since early 2023. He will be joined in Paris by his good friend and guide runner Nyamjua Donard Ndim, 32, known as Donard. Also originally from the Cameroon, an occasional Outlookers volunteer with a sports training background.

On Friday 7th and Saturday 8th June, the pair attended athletics qualifiers in Switzerland supported by their coach, Janet Arkwright, and with the backing of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) on the dates in question, the pair qualified for not only the 100 metres, but also the 400 metres T11 events for this year’s Paralympic games. The T11 classification refers to athletes who have near total visual impairment.

Junior said “I am very, very happy to qualify for the Paris Paralympics 2024. It has long been an objective of mine to achieve this goal. I want to thank my God, to thank everyone who has helped me, and to thank everyone at Outlookers for their support. I am working very hard, working towards a gold medal. And I am training hard”.

We wish both gents every success in this year’s games.

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