Cash boost for Worthing’s Lauren ahead of Paralympics

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A PARALYMPIC sports star has just received a funding boost ahead of the London 2012 games.

Lauren Jones, 17, was presented with a cheque for £2,797.23 by former Worthing mayor Ann Barlow, after the money was raised by the Mayor’s Charity Fund.

Lauren, of Offington Drive, Worthing, this year rose to 53 in the senior world wheelchair tennis rankings.

The teenager was just three ranking places away from competing in the Olympic games in London, but she will gain experience of the occasion by joining the Great Britain squad.

Lauren’s mother, Sue Jones, said: “What a boost to Lauren’s funds. This was only made possible by the work ethic of our former mayor and her support staff, which was phenomenal and the attendance and donations to the charities by our wonderful town residents. We are at the beginning of a new chapter in Lauren’s career. The focus is a medal in Rio in the 2016 Paralympic games.”

Lauren finished the last 12 months by securing a bronze medal for Great Britain in the world team cup in Korea and a number one GB ranking in juniors. Her junior world ranking also climbed to number three.

Lauren was paralysed from the waist down when she fell from a tree aged 14.