Paralympic medallist thanks Cornish meat firm

Paralympian Melissa Reid has praised the Brian Etherington Meat Company, based near Redruth in Cornwall, for its support during her Paralympic campaign. 

Visually impaired Reid, alongside her guide Nicole Walters, secured a bronze medal in the PT5 Paratriathlon on Copacabana Beach.

She thanked her sponsor, the Brian Etherington Meat Company, which awarded her with £2,000 towards upgrading her road bike and to travel to Brazil.

“Melissa is a remarkable sportswoman who works incredibly hard,” commented managing director Mark Etherington. “We regularly see her out training, and jumped at the chance to help her in her quest to achieve a medal at Rio. I hope her achievement will create a valuable legacy for future generations.

“We’re a family business, and being part of the local community is important to us. Sponsoring worthwhile causes is just one part of that.”

The meat firm is based at Wheal Rose in Cornwall, not far from Porthtowan, where 25-year-old Reid grew up and still lives today.

“I’m hugely grateful to the Brian Etherington Meat Company for getting behind me,” she explained. “As well as providing a very generous cash boost to my team, they have also been really enthusiastic and vocal supporters during the build-up to my event, which helped spur me on.”

Reid pursued a position in Team GB after she was told she couldn’t be a lifeguard, due to her visual impairment.

“I quickly found something new to aim for, where my vision could be embraced as a part of who I am. I found the world of sport and, in particular, the paratriathlon.

“I hope my trip to Rio will inspire young people with physical disabilities to try different sports, and find something they really love doing. Personally, I’m hoping to compete at Tokyo in four years’ time and see if I can improve on my Bronze Medal.”

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