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Kamloops paralympic gold medallist subject of children's book

"Stand Out: The True Story of Paralympic Gold Medallist Greg Steward" is written by Sean Campbell.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/ Sean Campbell

A new children’s book starring Kamloops paralympic shot putter Greg Stewart is on sale and a book launch will be held later this month.

Stewart won a gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics in 2021 for his shot put distance of 16.75 metres.

The athlete was born with part of his arm missing and grew to over seven feet tall, which made it difficult to fit in, according to the book's author Sean Campbell.

“It was about that feeling from inside him, he always felt he didn’t fit in,” said book author Sean Campbell. “Until he found a group he felt included in and moved forward into shot put, it was an internal battle.”

The book, called Stand Out: The True Story of Paralympic Gold Medallist Greg Stewart aims to inspire dedication and perseverance in young readers.

Stewart’s story of rising to a gold medal achievement is told through rhyming text and with colourful illustrations by Lana Lee, a professional illustrator in Pennsylvania.

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Campbell connected with Stewart over a year ago to pitch his book idea and the two made an instant connection.

“He is an amazing guy, very open and kind,” Campbell said. “I didn’t know him before this and when I started floating it out there that I wanted to connect with him, everyone I talked said positive things about him, I knew it’d be a good experience to work with him.”

Campbell and Stewart are holding a book launch with Stewart’s Shot of Gold craft beer at a fundraiser for Canadian Athletes at Noble Pig Brewery in Kamloops from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on June 22.

Books will be sold at 25% off at the launch, and tickets are available here.

The book can be also be found on Amazon. 

Campbell published a children’s book in 2021 about former Kamloops Blazer captain Ajay Baines.

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