Aspiring Paralympic athlete George Barnard, 14, couldn’t believe his luck last week.
Not only did he meet one of his wheelchair-using heroes – award-winning broadcaster Mik Scarlet – but he was also promised a sports slot on Mik’s Christmas special for BBC 3CR on December 27.
A clearly still star-struck George, who lives in Round Green and goes to Lea Manor, said: “Mik’s awesome, he’s amazing.”
Mik, 48, had him in stitches with tales of his misspent youth in Stopsley when he sported dreadlocks and nail varnish. And he had the young athlete laughing out loud with his decidedly un-PC advice on beating bullies: “Play the cripple card then punch them in the b******s.”
George – who was born with cerebral palsy – has already amassed a mountain of medals on his way to qualifying for the 2020 Paralympics, most recently at the Under 23 National Disability Championships in Blackpool in the summer.
Mik said: “I know nothing about sport so George can give me his opinion about all the matches over the festive season.
“He’s an inspiration.”