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‘Hopefully I’m an ambassador for young people in foster care’ – Leon Reid


Sunday 22nd November 2020 by Pauline Crabtree

Leon Reid says athletics has helped to keep him grounded after most of his childhood was spent in foster care.

The Bath-born sprinter wants to represent Ireland in honour of his late Belfast-born biological mother but must wait for governing body the IAAF to approve his international transfer.

Reid, who last month won a 200m bronze medal for Northern Ireland at the Commonwealth Games, hopes his achievements can be a source of inspiration for young people with a similar background.

“Now I can hopefully say I was an ambassador for young people in foster care or care that it’s not a one-way path to prison or whatever else – there’s so many different options you can take,” said Reid, who has won European Junior and Under-23 medals for Britain.

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