AN Ulverston sprinter is taking part in a worldwide competition for people with learning disabilities.
James Simpson is one of 26 athletes across four sports representing Team Great Britain at the Global Games in the Czech Republic in July.
Mr Simpson will join thousands of other athletes from all over the world.
He will compete in the 100 metres sprint. But in order to compete in the games, Mr Simpson must obtain funding.
Tracey McCillen, national director of the UK Sports Association for People with Learning Disability, said: "James Simpson is one of a team of highly-committed and motivated athletes who are driven to be the best in the world.
"Despite achieving selection to represent his country for the first time, he must also bear the financial burden of competition.
"We invite athletes to represent Great Britain but must send an invoice to them for that privilege.
"This is a critical year for our athletes and for UKSA and an incredibly important debut for James."
The games, organised by the International Sports Federation for Persons with Intellectual Disability, was recently recognised by the International Paralympic Committee.
North-West Evening Mail, 12th May 2009