Eight-year-old in triathlon tribute

Gazette & Herald: Louis Camps (8) of Norton who is to compete in a triathalon in memory of his late grand father John Medd. Picture : Garry Atkinson Louis Camps (8) of Norton who is to compete in a triathalon in memory of his late grand father John Medd. Picture : Garry Atkinson

AN EIGHT year old boy is preparing to compete in his first triathlon in memory of his grandad.

Louis Camps, from Norton, is taking part in the competition to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation.

The triathlon takes place on Sunday , the first anniversary of his granddad John Medd's, death.

Mr Medd, a well-known local greengrocer, who also lived in Norton , collapsed at his home after suffering a heart attack.

Louis' dad, Steve, said the youngster, who is a pupil at Langton Primary School, had been very close to his grandad.

"John retired 10 months before his death and he and Louis spent a lot of time together both at home and going out to Scarborough and different places," he added.

"I was already doing the adult triathlon and as Louis is now eight he could take part in the junior section and so he had the idea of raising funds for the BHF in memory of his grandad."

Steve said Louis would have to complete a 50m swim, one kilometre bike ride and a 600m run during the event which takes place in Driffield.

"He has only just managed to swim two lengths of the swimming pool so it is quite a challenge but Louis is training hard and running up and down the road near our home as well," he added.

"Louis has also stood up at school and told everyone what he is doing and how they can sponsor him."

Steve said the family had been unsure what to do to mark the first anniversary of John's death until Louis entered the triathlon.

"His mum, Sandra, and grandma, Barbara are really proud and will going to support Louis on the day," he added.

"It is really a great way to mark the anniversary - John was so proud of Louis and always interested in what he was doing and this a way for us all to remember John in a positive way."

Anyone who would like to sponsor Louis can do so by going to http://www.justgiving.com/LouisCamps

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