London 2012: McCann gets the nod for Team GB

Craig McCann of Bessacarr.
Craig McCann of Bessacarr.

FENCER Craig McCann has capped a remarkable rise to prominence by being named in Team GB’s Paralympic squad for the 2012 London Games.

The 28-year-old, from Bessacarr, will represent the nation in the men’s team event at ExCeL in early September.

McCann (pictured) only took up wheelchair fencing two years ago after impressing coaches at a ‘Paralympic Potential’ session.

He said: “I’m so happy to be named in the squad.

“I’ve been in and around the squad for the last year or so and my training has been really focused so it’s great to see that the effort has paid off.

“I’ve been down in London looking at the venues recently and it’s been amazing to be around there.

“I can’t wait until I’m there again with, hopefully, lots of people supporting me.”

McCann, a former McAuley Catholic High School pupil, is ranked as the second best disabled fencer in his disciplines in Britain and is inside the European top 35 in both epee and foil disciplines.

He added: “I’m a bit disappointed in not making the individual event but we have some top wheelchair fencers in Great Britain.

“I’m still young so I’ll be pushing for a place at Rio in 2016.”

McCann was diagnosed with having a brain tumour when he was 19.

Despite almost immediately having the tumour removed, the 18-hour surgery left him with severe nerve damage to his left hand side, affecting his hearing, sight and balance.

He will train at the Keepmoat Stadium throughout the spring and early summer after returning from a training camp in France.

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