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Goodison's World Champion

Season Ticket holder Dylan wins eight World Dwarf Games honours.

Goodison's World Champion

There is now a World Champion amongst the Goodison faithful following the success of Dylan Beaumont in the United States last month.

The 13-year-old Maghull High School pupil returned home from the World Dwarf Games with an incredible haul of eight medals - despite falling ill four weeks prior to events.

Season ticket holder Dylan was struck down with appendicitis and required emergency surgery but amazingly still made the trip to Michigan and came back with a gold medal after the GB football team defeated the United States 3-2 in the final.

The youngster also won five silver medals after competing in mixed doubles and doubles badminton, kurling (an indoor form of the winter olympic sport of curling) and boccia (similar to boules or petanque) before recording a personal best of just under 15 metres in the javelin.

Dylan continued his impressive performances by winning bronze in basketball and hockey and he admitted he can’t wait for the next games in four years’ time.

He said: "It was the best thing I have ever done.  I had a brilliant time and the memories will live with me forever. I have to thank the hosts for getting the fantastic facilities at Michigan State University but my biggest thanks must go to all my family, friends and the community who helped support the Dwarf Sports Association (DSAuk) to fund Team GB. Bring on the World Games in 2017!"

The mad Evertonian currently plays for the Everton Under 16s disability football team and attends all first team matches in the Park End with his brothers Jacob and Reece.

It seems his obsession with the Blues runs in the family and comes from his proud father, Nick, who added: "Our Dylan was absolutely outstanding. After his surgery, the medical advice was that he shouldn't take part in sporting activity for at least 4-6 weeks so it was touch and go whether he went to the games at all.
 
“Despite this, we felt we had to at least let him travel and then monitor him while we were there. But when we got there, there was no holding him back! We are all so very proud of him, with both his achievements but more importantly, the sporting manner in which he competed.”

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