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The little girl who saved Lyndon Longhorne's Paralympics dream

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In his first interview since returning from the Paralympics this week, record-breaking swimmer Lyndon Longhorne talks to PETER BARRON about his “unforgettable” memories of Tokyo – and his determination to go even faster in Paris

AS he settles back into life after his Paralympics adventure, Lyndon Longhorne admits that the enormity of what he has achieved is still sinking in.

And the 25-year-old swimmer, who grew up in Crook, County Durham, has revealed that he might never have achieved his dream had it not been for his three-year-old daughter Aubree.

“I could easily have given up, thinking it was never going to happen – that it was beyond me – but she made me think again,” he says.

The Northern Echo has followed Lyndon’s remarkable emergence as a top-class athlete ever since he was struck by meningitis as a baby, leading to amputations of his right leg above the knee, his left leg below the knee, his right hand, and the fingertips on his left hand.

Despite his disability, Lyndon excelled in the swimming pool after being encouraged by his grandad, and, in 2008, he set himself the goal of competing in the Paralympics.

Four years later, ahead of the London Games, he was given the honour of........

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