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Dream come true for City mascot!

  • 09 August 2012 16:16
  • Posted by Nicola McCarthy

For City fanatic Alex Leonard a dream will come true when the Blues face Chelsea in the Community Shield this weekend.

The partially sighted youngster from Sale will walk her beloved team out on to the pitch at Villa Park as an official club mascot.

The 10-year-old, who has the eye condition albinism, was put forward for consideration by Action for Blind People; one of the club’s nominated charities for the season.

The charity has been extremely impressed with the way Alex has overcome many of the obstacles her condition presents.

After joining Action’s Manchester Actionnaires club, members watched Alex develop into a confident youngster eager to have a go at every challenge set out for her. Most recently she succeeded in making it to the top of a 40ft climbing wall in Stockport.

It was this strength of character that saw Alex awarded the charity’s prestigious national award - Actionnaires Member of the Year 2012.

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“Alex shows grit and determination every week. Her confidence has been transformed and she’s now a role model, not only for the younger members of Manchester Actionnaires, but also to adults, proving through self-belief and determination that anyone can achieve their goals and make the most of life,” commented Peter Holton from Action for Blind People.

Alex and her family are massive City fans and she has revealed her favourite player is James Milner who she has met before and says is “very nice.”

Her grandfather George McBeth used to play for the club and it was at City he met Alex’s granny – so it looks like Sunday will be a very special day for the whole family!

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