Birthday celebrations for Mansfield Paralympic winner

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Gold-medalist and paralympian swimmer Ollie Hynd celebrates his 21st birthday with a dip in the pool as he trains for Rio 2016.

His mum, Helen Hynd, said for a parent any 21st birthday is a milestone but so much more so for Ollie.

The Team GB swimmer has neuromuscular myopathy and associated limb deformities and has pushed against the boundaries and gone on to win gold for his country.

Helen said: “He is down in London training and it is very weird not to see him on his birthday but I know he is working very hard and getting ready for the Olympics next year.

“But what better place for him to be today than where he won gold?”

Ollie, who has an MBE and has been twice awarded the Disabled Sportsperson of the Year accolade at the Nottinghamshire Sports Awards, has a genetic disorder which became noticeable in his early teens.

“It is a horrible condition but he is proof that when you set your mind to something anything can be done,” said Helen.

Myopathy is a muscular disease in which the muscle fibres do not function for any one of many reasons, resulting in muscular weakness.

“Ollie is so grounded and so aware of where he has come from and is proud to represent Mansfield where he trains and Nottingham on the international stage.

“As parents I think a 21st birthday allows you to reflect on the years gone by and how your child has grown up and it is an emotional time but a good one.”

Ollie made his international debut at the 2011 IPC European Championships where he won the 200m individual medley, setting a new European record. In the 400m freestyle he finished in second place just behind older brother Sam.

“My boys have made history and have been apart of something so great and I am so proud of them both.”

Ollie will be celebrating his birthday with family and friends at the Derbyshire Hotel on Friday, October 30.