Gateshead Council learningSkills learner Emily Stewart has been selected to represent Great Britain at the 2021 European Para Championships.   

Emily has taken part in para-athletics since the age of 10. She has competed in swimming and athletics events, including the World Games. She has travelled to events across the UK and Europe, winning a total of 12 gold, 4 silver and 3 bronze medals.  

Emily has Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy and Asthma which is a condition that affects muscle control and movement. She is a T38 athlete, which means she competes alongside other athletes where balance and co-ordination is affected.  

In 2018, Emily was invited by British Athletics to join the Paralympic Development Academy and her discus and shot put throwing has really improved. She will be travelling to Bydgoszcz in Poland, competing in the discus event between the 1st and 6th June 2021. 

Emily has been supported throughout her athletics career by Gateshead Harriers coaches, Richard and Janice Kaufman, Gateshead Kestrels, and her parents, who take her to training, competitions and lead charity events to fundraise to cover the expenses. 

learningSkills are proud of Emily‚Äôs achievements, but her friends will miss her while she is away. Gateshead Council learningSkills provide a wide range of courses, including specialist provision for young people and adults who have a learning difficulty and disabilities.