What a local sporting hero, what a champ, what a young man. Mickey Bushell is today Shropshire’s golden boy.
He did not just win the 100 metres wheelchair sprint at the Paralympics. He blew the global competition away, leaving them trailing in his wake.
His achievement is fantastic by any measure, and as this is the Paralympics there is an extra dimension as he has been on a journey which has required grit, physical and psychological strength, and determination to overcome hardship and difficulty.
Mickey, 22, from Telford, was born at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital with an extremely rare medical condition in which seven vertebrae were missing from the lower part of the back. Doctors said the likelihood of him being able to sit up or move on his own were very slim.
Just look at him move now. Throughout his life there has been no stopping him and, as his rivals discovered last night, no catching him either.
People talk about the Olympics and Paralympics being an inspiration. Success and glory fire the imagination and make us all dream and daydream.
What Mickey has done and what he has overcome shames all of us who let minor and insignificant troubles derail us on our life’s path. Mickey has defied an ocean of hardship and obstacles to become a superstar.
It is not his disability which defines him, but his heart and soul, and his determination to smash his way through those illusory boundaries to his potential achievement which those pessimistic doctors set at the very start of his life.
He is a top class athlete at the leading edge of his field who now joins the list of Shropshire’s sporting greats.
We could not be more proud of this Salopian star. Well done Mickey.