NEWLY-crowned Paralympic sprinting champion Jonnie Peacock from Doddington has been praised for his achievements by the Meningitis Trust Young Ambassadors and been acclaimed as an ‘inspiration’.
A letter issued today (Friday), says: “On behalf of the Meningitis Trust we would like to congratulate Jonnie Peacock – 19-year-old meningitis survivor, world record holder and now Paralympic gold medallist – for his incredible win last night.
“Jonnie contracted meningococcal septicaemia when he was just five-years-old. Doctors were forced to amputate his right leg below the knee.
“Last night Jonnie remained calm as the tension mounted in the Olympic Stadium ahead of the T44 100m final, coping with a false start and focussing on his race - he won by a clear lead.
“Jonnie is an inspiration to us as Young Ambassadors of the Meningitis Trust. He has shown the world that meningitis does not have to define you as a person and that if you want something hard enough, train hard enough and push yourself you can do it. Not just in the big sporting arenas, but in your everyday lives too.
“The Meningitis Trust launched its ‘Believe and Achieve’ appeal last month to carry on the legacy of our fellow Young Ambassador Alex Williams. Watching Jonnie power across the line in the Olympic Stadium underlines just why Alex’s motto is so important.
“The Trust is here for everyone affected by meningitis, and always will be. They have a free signs and symptoms application for the iPhone and Android, which can be downloaded from http://bit.ly/MTiPhone, as well as free credit card sized signs and symptoms cards. To get hold of one, simply call its freephone 24-hour nurse-led helpline on 0808 80 10 388, or visit the website at www.meningitis-trust.org.”