Patterson to bid for place with another sport

A DUNS Paralympion is making a sensational bid to compete in his second Paralympics - in a different sport.

Graeme Patterson, from Duns, competed as part of the Great Britain football team at the Beijing Paralympics in 2008. But he is now training for track events with national coach, Eyemouth-based Henry Gray.

On Saturday Patterson, who has cerebral palsy, made a sensational debut in the 800 metre and the 1500 metre track running events at the North West Championships at Sports City in Manchester.

He narrowly missed both Olympic B Qualifying times in the T37 category, recording times of 2 minutes 26 seconds for 800 metres and 5 min 10 sec for 1500 metres.

These times rank him third in Great Britain this season and fourth on the all time lists in both events.

Patterson’s coach, Henry Gray, was delighted with his debut championship performances. He said: “In my opinion Graeme will easily reach the Olympic A standards in both events by next summer. The time Graeme recorded on Saturday in the 1500 metres was good enough to reach the Paralympics final in both the Atlanta and Sydney Olympics.”