Student athlete helped on to different track

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A former Wetherby High pupil has set her sights on competing in the 2016 Paralympics despite being recently diagnosed with MS.

And to help her bid track sprinter Kadeena Cox has been given a helping hand by the town’s Lions Club and traders.

The 23-year-old physiotherapy student, who is a national standard athlete, was presented with a racing bike, to expand her options, from Dean Buckle of the Wetherby Bike Shack and £250 cash from the Lions and support from Sant Angelo.

President Robert Rolfe said: “In May 2014, after competing at the Loughborough international competition, Kadeena was rushed to hospital after experiencing some odd symptoms and was diagnosed with a suspected stroke.

“Just two months later she managed to get herself close to her normal condition, with the support and guidance of her physiotherapist, Karren.

“Then came another massive blow. Last September she had a burning sensation in her arm.

“The following days it worsened to tingling and numbness in the whole arm, then to her leg.

“She was rushed to hospital again with another suspected stroke. After extensive tests Kadeena, sadly, was diagnosed with the lifelong condition of Multiple Sclerosis (MS).”

Since her diagnosis Kadeena has been determined that MS will not win and has set up a website where Kadeena states: “MS is just a bully that I defeat every morning, when I get up.”

Robert added: “Kadeena is determined to continue her training, with the objective of competing in the 2016 Summer Paralympics. We wish her every success.”