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Paralympian 'inspires' children to be positive role models

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Media captionParalympian Adrian Derbyshire has been helping to inspire children

Paralympian Adrian Derbyshire has visited the Isle of Man as part of a 1,000 mile journey around the British Isles to raise awareness of bullying.

The 40-year-old hate crime ambassador, from Warrington, visited several schools during his week-long visit.

He said: "I feel it is really important to speak to children about disability awareness and going the extra mile."

Mr Derbyshire was left needing the use of a wheelchair after suffering a brain haemorrhage six years ago.

'Incredibly inspirational'

Within two years he had taught himself to read and write and rebuilt his life enough to be chosen to compete for Great Britain as a fencer, winning several titles.

Mr Derbyshire added: "I want to inspire the children to be positive role models and educate them about the impact of throwaway comments.

"I have suffered at the hands of hate crime myself, so I know how it feels."

He completed a lap of the Isle of Man TT course during his visit.

A spokesman for Queen Elizabeth II High School said: "The talk was incredibly inspirational and was thoroughly enjoyed by the students and teachers who were lucky enough to be present."

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