‘Kindest kid’ is not stumped by cancer

Kicking cancer's grass: Callum came back from Bangladesh a champion
Kicking cancer's grass: Callum came back from Bangladesh a champion
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A cricket student once named Britain’s Kindest Kid after beating cancer has become a World Cup winner.

Callum Flynn, from Myerscough, was vice-captain as England’s cricket team won at the ICRC T20 Tournament and was also named both batsman and player of the tournament for his stellar displays.

The competition saw players with physical disabilities from around the world compete in the inaugural event, organised by the International Committee of the Red Cross, in Bangladesh.

The 20-year-old played an unbeaten innings of 45 in 29 overs to help his side to victory over Pakistan in the final.

It’s a feat made more remarkable by the fact that, after being diagnosed with bone cancer at the age of just 14, Callum had his right knee replaced with a titanium joint during major surgery.

Andrew Fletcher is Callum’s tutor at Myerscough College, where he is studying a foundation degree in cricket coaching.

It’s an amazing achievement which can only encourage more players with disabilities to play

He said: “It’s an amazing achievement which can only encourage more players with disabilities to play.

“Callum worked hard on his game ahead of flying out to the tournament so he was fully prepared.

“This included plenty of work playing spin bowling in preparation for the conditions he would face in the sub-continent.”

Callum, who won a national public vote to become Britain’s Kindest Kid in a competition run by 5 News and the Charities Aid Foundation in 2011, said: “It’s a great feeling to be a World Cup winner.”

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