A man who woke up paralysed is “absolutely buzzing” after winning gold at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
With just 200m to go, Nathan Maguire “felt the electric buzz around the stadium”, hearing a “wall of noise” as he pulled out to overtake the two competitors ahead of him and win gold in the men’s T53/54 1500m wheelchair race. The 25-year-old Liverpool John Moores University graduate told the ECHO: “It pushed me all the way through the line and I just knew I could do it for England, I could do it for all the disabled kids at home, and I could do it for my family.”
Nathan, who lives in Elton near Ellesmere Port, “never looked back” when he got into a race chair after a spinal cord injury left him paralysed overnight. When he was eight, Nathan had transverse myelitis, an inflammation of the spinal cord that, according to the NHS, causes the body’s immune system to attack the outside layer of nerves in the spine.