By Nigel Slater 09/08 Updated: 16/08 15:10
A TALENTED disabled athlete has been given a royal seal of approval after enjoying a once in a lifetime meeting with Prince Harry.
Liz Grinnell, from Evesham, was one of several young hopefuls from around the country to be invited to London's Clarence House to meet the Prince last Thursday (August 2).
The 17-year-old, who was born with cerebral palsy and will undergo vital heart surgery later this year, was invited after being one of the top performers in the Sainsbury's School Games held at the new Olympics Stadium in London back in May.
Both Prince Harry and Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport Jeremy Hunt gave speeches to the young athletes saying how well they had performed and how it was key for them to continue the hard work ahead of the next games in Rio de Janeiro in four years time.
The Prince also told the young stars they were the leaders of the new Olympic legacy to be left behind after the London Games.
"When they originally called to invite me I could not believe it, I didn't realise how big an event it was until I got there," Liz told the Observer.
"I was like wow, unbelievable, it is the highest honour you can get meeting someone from the Royal family. For Prince Harry, being the president of the School Games, to say we have all got the potential and he is hoping to see our names on the call list for 2016 was really nice.
"If that is not a motivation then you shouldn't be trying to get there and pushing yourself on. It was a day I will never forget."
Last month the Observer reported how Liz was looking for sponsors to help her get a new throwing wheelchair which will help her excel in her sports and give her a better chance of making the next Olympic Games.
And Liz has said she has a good response as a Vale couple kindly donated her £100 to get the ball rolling after reading the article.
"It was lovely to hear that from somebody who doesn't know me or know anything about me to actually say they were proud and were supporting me," Liz added.
Anyone wishing to sponsor Liz is asked to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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