Teenage swimmer Savile smiling after British medal haul

MEDAL MAN - Kian Savile shows off his prizes (Picture: Ian Spencer)
MEDAL MAN - Kian Savile shows off his prizes (Picture: Ian Spencer)
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Kian Savile is celebrating after claiming two golds and two silver medals at the British Blind Sport School Games at Worcester.

The remarkable and brave 13-year-old claimed medals in the butterfly, breastroke and freestyle events, and club spokesman Lesley Sharp said: “The club is very proud of Kian’s fantastic achievement.”

Savile’s achievement is a remarkable one. He went to the Dolphins three years ago with his younger sister for a trial.

At the time of joining the club went through the administration details and found out that he had some ‘medical issues’. At the age of two he underwent corrective heart surgery and that he has a visual impairment. He is blind in one eye with very poor vision in the other.

Dolphins welcomed him but in August 2011 he developed epilepsy. It was discovered he has a serious medical condition called ‘Neurofibramatosis type 2’ (NF2).

Since being diagnosed, his vision has deteriorated and he has also suffered some hearing loss. However, Kian has kept a positive frame of mind and been adamant to continue with his swimming.

The Doplhins have a specific health care plan for him, which enables him and his fellow swimmers to swim safely and without too much disruption should he have a seizure.

Because of his condition, Kian is not allowed to play contact sport and competitive swimming allows him to participate in this sport both as an individual and as a team competitor.