Connor stands with members of staff holding his sponsorship cheque.

Rotherham College Student has a Fighting Chance for 2020 Paralympics

26 October 2016

Rotherham College is proud to sponsor Connor Etherton, (17) to aid him in achieving his lifelong dream of competing in Judo competitions, leading up to his involvement in the British Squad and his ultimate goal of competing in the Tokyo Paralympics in 2020.

Connor realised his passion around age 11 when he went with a friend to try out Judo. At first he thought it would be a good idea to learn self-defence and improve his confidence but Connor was a natural and quickly realised how much he enjoyed it.

Throughout school Connor was able to practise as part of the British Squad and when he started studying the Certificate in Employability Skills (Entry 3) Animal Care at Rotherham College, he worked to maintain a balance between his college work and his training.

With his end goal being the Paralympics, Connor worked and continues to work extremely hard and has a lot of dedication to his Judo, training three or four times a week with strength and cardio sessions almost every day; his sport is very demanding but Connor is more than up to the challenge.

In the future Connor is planning on enrolling onto a Childcare course, as he wishes to become a role model and inspire children to participate in sports.

Connor said “It doesn’t matter if you have a disability or not if you are determined enough you can overcome it and it can make you a better person, so don’t let your disability hold you back.”

For more information about Rotherham College call 01709 722777 or email

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