Mikey enjoys runaway success

AN INSPIRATIONAL teenager who was born with a debilitating spine condition but went on to become a top sprinter has celebrated a top performance in his GCSEs.

AN INSPIRATIONAL teenager who was born with a debilitating spine condition but went on to become a top sprinter has celebrated a top performance in his GCSEs.

Mikey Spear, 16, from the village of Tendring has been faced with more challenges than the average teenager has to cope with.

Mikey, a pupil at Manningtree High School, is one of a handful of people in the country to suffer from Klippel-Feil Syndrome, a painful and debilitating condition affecting the spine.

He was born with the condition but it did not stop him from going on to be one of the top ten 10 disabled sprinters in the UK in his age group.

When he was in year 10 he was forced to take about two months off school because of the pain he was suffering.

But Mikey got back to school and with some hard work and lots of revision managed to overcome the setback and yesterday he opened his results to find he had achieved two As, in maths and PE, along with three Bs and five Cs.

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He said he was now planning to go to Colchester Sixth Form College to study maths, physics, technology and psychology before going to university to do engineering.

He said: “I found the work pretty hard, and it feels a bit surreal to be here today opening these results.

“I am hoping to get back into my athletics as well now that the GCSEs are out of the way.

“You can have drugs and physiotherapy for the condition I have, but I don't, I just want to get on.”

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