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Brilliant Buchan secures top prize

MAGIC Michael Buchan was the star performer when the North-East narrowly missed out on winning the Typhoo National Junior Athletics Championships.

MAGIC Michael Buchan was the star performer when the North-East narrowly missed out on winning the Typhoo National Junior Athletics Championships.

More than 200 disabled competitors from across the country returned home from the Coventry held event with a mixture of medals and personal bests.

The North-West edged out the North-East team for the overall crown on this occasion, but Thorp student Michael was awarded the Lions Club UK Endeavour Trophy for his achievements.

Michael - pictured with Paralympian Craig McCann earlier this year - won three gold medals for his performances in the 100m, 200m and long jump and that earned him the extra honour because of his his outstanding effort during the competition.

The annual event continues to confirm its status as a favourite in the sporting calendar.

Many elite disabled athletes began their own success at this prestigious event, including Hannah Cockroft, Hollie Arnold and Aled Davies.

Former Paralympian Nathan Stephens, at the event as team manager for the Welsh region, impressed the crowds when he gave volunteers a masterclass in javelin throwing.

This summer is crammed with exciting elite athletics on home soil with the World Para-Athletics and IAAF World Championships in London later in July.

Michael’s performances and the North-East’s charge to second place follows on from earlier success of Thorp this summer when they won both the Legacy and Panathlon Games.