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Wednesday, October 10th, 2012 at 3:05 pm
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Welcome to Midlothian’s Paralympian Hero

Midlothian Council has officially met Paralympian Sean Fraser to congratulate him on his success at this year’s Paralympic Games in London. Swimmer Sean took three fifth places at the Games and also placed sixth in the 100m butterfly and seventh in the 100m freestyle.

Provost Wallace met with Sean at his local swimming pool in Loanhead – to hear all about his experience of competing in the London 2012 Paralympic Games.

Councillor Joe Wallace said, “It was wonderful to meet Sean and congratulate him on his recent successes in person. He has not only done Midlothian proud, but he has made the whole country proud of him.

“His sporting achievements in swimming are an inspiration to all our young people, and prove that with a little bit of determination, anyone can achieve their dreams.”

Sean, who has cerebral palsy and swims in the S8 category, said, “I come from a sporty family (his Dad runs marathons and his siblings also used to swim at national level) and my dad took me along to a swimming club when I was eight. I’ve been competing for 13 years. I moved to Manchester when I was 19 and lived there right up until London 2012 but I love coming back home to Loanhead.

“It was the experience of a lifetime to take part in the London 2012 Paralympic Games and the highlight of my year. All in all its been a fantastic year and one I will never forget.”

Twenty two year old Sean’s ambition now is to focus on sport and to continue his studies at university.

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