A would-be paralympic swimmer has launched a crowdfunding campaign to help him continue to compete.
Talented 18-year-old Jonathan Booth of New Mill, who has been picked to represent team GB at the Brazilian Rio Paralympics, needs to raise £3,000 to help him pay for vital weekly physiotherapy.
The treatment is essential to minimise the effects of Borough of Kirklees swimmer Jonathan’s muscle-wasting disease, Charcot Marie Tooth.
However, the ongoing cost is becoming too expensive for him to afford alone.
The Huddersfield New College student created the page ahead of taking part in the 400m freestyle race in the S9 Paralympic athlete category, which will go ahead on September 9 at the Olympics Aquatic Stadium.
“At the moment the physio is helping minimise pain for a shoulder injury, which has been caused by my condition,” said Jonathan, who is studying for a BTEC in sports development, coaching and fitness.
“The condition also makes my legs tire quickly so I rely on my upper body strength in the pool.
“If I stop being able to afford to pay for physio it will put my ability to continue competing in danger because I won’t be able to train due to the pain.
“At the moment, physio is a big drain on my finances and any help me continue to compete at this level would be really great.
“In the long term, I’d like to get a sponsorship deal to help me pay for it as well.”
Jonathan will be competing with thousands of athletes in 528 events over 11 days of competition, starting on September 7.
Jonathan trains with Kirklees Active Leisure’s (KAL) Swim Performance, based out of the new Huddersfield Leisure Centre, and is one of 31 GB swimmers.
“I’m so excited because it’s my first time competing with Team GB,” he said.
“Taking part in the Olympics has always been a dream of mine and I’m really looking forward to racing with everyone else.
“My aim is to break the British time record for the event.
“I train 10 sessions per week which last up to two hours long.
“I began swimming at the age of four at Holmfirth pool.
“Even with all that the condition brings, I am determined to represent my country not just at these games but other major events including Tokyo 2020.”
To donate to Jonathan’s cause, go to www.crowdfunder.co.uk/project-rio-paralympics-2016.