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Actor With Down’s Syndrome Enters The Great North Run In Aid Of Local Theatre Company That Trains Learning Disabled Actors


Paul Wilson is an actor with a Down’s Syndrome who trains at Dark Horse Theatre in Huddersfield. This September, he will be taking part in the Great North Run to raise money for the theatre company that trains him and other actors with learning disabilities.

A World Special Olympics silver medallist powerlifter and eight-time UK Powerlifter Champion, Paul is no stranger to physical exertion. He trained with the Yorkshire and Humber powerlifting group, entered his first competition in 1999 and was selected to represent Great Britain for the Special Olympics in 2003; he won a gold medal in the squat event and two bronze medals in bench press and deadlift, resulting in winning a silver medal overall. He retired from national competition in 2009.

A few years later, in 2014, he joined Dark Horse to train as an actor. Sadly, Paul’s mum died of cancer in the same year and now Paul wants to take on another physical challenge. He will join Dark Horse Theatre staff for the Great North Run, supported by his brother Tim Hobbs. He is from a very active and sporty family, his 10-year-old niece has even completed the Yorkshire Three Peak challenge, and now Paul wants to support Dark Horse. He says, “I want to take part in the Great North Run because I was inspired by the Dark Horse staff who did the Total Warrior Challenge last year to raise money. I want to do a challenge.”

Paul, who lives in Wakefield, is an inspiration to Dark Horse staff and students alike. Lynda Hornsby, Executive Director of Dark Horse Theatre and fellow participant in this year’s Great North Run says, “It’s fantastic that Paul wants to do this challenge with us and for Dark Horse. We’ll be supporting each other in training and can learn a lot from Paul’s history in competing! We are looking forward to the run and crossing that finish line together.”

Paul’s part in the Great North Run is one of a group of challenges Dark Horse are completing this year to raise money. The company’s Audience and Outreach Development Coordinator, Paula Brooke, Dark Horse Young Company Manager, Amy Cunningham, and Executive Director Lynda Hornsby will also be running the Great North Run in September. There is also a planned 24-hour warm-up scheduled for October.

To support Paul and Dark Horse, please visit: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/DarkHorseTheatreGreatNorthRun2018

Actor With Down’s Syndrome Enters The Great North Run In Aid Of Local Theatre Company That Trains Learning Disabled Actors, 3rd September 2018, 15:11 PM