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Disabled Isaac, 21, from Ilford, celebrates Paralympic Games by carrying Olympic torch

PUBLISHED: 17:31 12 September 2016 | UPDATED: 17:31 12 September 2016

Isaac Harvey, centre, with the Olympic torch to celebrate the start of the Paralympic Games.

Isaac Harvey, centre, with the Olympic torch to celebrate the start of the Paralympic Games.

East Thames Group

A 21-year-old disabled man from Ilford celebrated the start of the Paralympic Games by carrying the Olympic torch.

East Thames housing association residents, including those with disabilities, demonstrated their sporting prowess at the Terence McMillan Stadium, in Newham, in time for Rio 2016.

Isaac Harvey, of Kingston Road, Ilford, did a lap of the stadium on Wednesday with the torch.

Isaac has limb/pelvic hypoplasia syndrome, which means he has no arms, a weak pelvis and does most things with his feet.

He carried the torch through Barking before the London 2012 Olympics, and last year raised money for charity by skydiving in America.

The former Seven Kings High School pupil said: “I always say: if there’s a barrier in front of you, you can remove it.

“Today has been really good – it’s great to see people with disabilities getting involved in sport.

“Doing a lap with my Olympic torch and showing it to everyone was really great.”

Isaac added it reminded him “of when I held the torch in 2012”.


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