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Falling Starr Wrestling at West Lynn debuts new wrestler Conner Clarke, a 17-year-old with Cerebral Palsy



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An inspiring young wrestler made his debut at the Falling Starr Wrestling Christmas show at West Lynn.

Conner Clarke,17, has Cerebral Palsy, but he doesn't let it stop him following his dreams.

Cerebral palsy is the name for a group of lifelong conditions that affect movement and co-ordination.

Conner Clarke, 17, at the Falling Starr Christmas show West Lynn (53674438)
Conner Clarke, 17, at the Falling Starr Christmas show West Lynn (53674438)

It's caused by a problem with the brain that develops before, during or soon after birth.

Conner, who dressed as Spiderman for the show, started watching WWE as a young boy.

He said: "I've always had an eye for the art of wrestling, and last year decided to try it for myself.

"I don't let my condition get in the way, if I can do something then I will, life is too short.

"I've had to condition my body, and train my lower legs- which can be put under strain.

"I can't thank James (Cambridge) and the others enough for their support in this and hope to keep going until I can't do it anymore."

Conner joined in the show during the finale, a match that included all the wrestlers in the ring.

As everyone piled onto each other for the rumble, the 17-year-old jumped in fearlessly.

He said: "I felt everyone's eyes on me, but as soon as I got in that ring I felt excited."

Conner was picked up at thrown out of the ring.

Conner Clarke, 17, at the Falling Starr Christmas show West Lynn (53674446)
Conner Clarke, 17, at the Falling Starr Christmas show West Lynn (53674446)

In true Spiderman style he was launched into the air and caught by the members of his team.

The wrestler currently studies computer science at college and hopes to continue competing whilst studying.

James Cambridge, owner of Falling Starr Wrestling, said: "Falling Star is all about opportunities, and I'm really proud of Conner and what he's achieved.

"When I started the school in 2011, I didn't want to discriminate against anyone, if you want to learn how to wrestle I would take you in."

James admits he hasn't "gone easy" on Conner because of his condition.

He said:"Conner has been in the main class with everyone else, he's taken his bumps like everybody else and he's shown up to every session.

"If you work hard, you will get to where you want to get to. He should be really proud of what he's achieved, he's worked really hard for the last six months to get to his debut.

"Wrestling is not an easy thing to pick up, it's very physical. If he continues to work hard as he has been, he will get opportunities, the sky is the limit."



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