Newcastle fan Lee Brunton is having to bury local rivalry as he chases his Olympic dream.

Lee from North Shields is representing the GB Blind Football Team at the Paralympics and the eighteen year old will be playing alongside his sunderland supporting teammate, Dan English, as reported in the Hereford Times.

Both lads are students at the Hereford based Royal National College For The Blind and will be sharing a room at London 2012.

Lee and Dan first met at a youth club for visually impaired children in Newcastle 10 years ago and they now play domestically for Hereford’s RNC Bulls.

Lee was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of five and then lost the majority of sight at twelve.

Lee; “We don’t talk about football because it usually ends up in an argument. We are the only two north-east lads in the GB team and we support rival clubs. We try not to talk about football too much.

The GB Blind football team open their Paralympic campaign against rivals Spain next Friday and Lee had faced a desperate fitness battle to allow him to represent his country;

“I hurt my ankle playing around three months ago and I have been fighting to get fit. It’s better now. It wasn’t very nice thinking that you might miss out on the biggest event of your life.

Blind football in North Shields is not that big and it will be great to show people there are different kinds of football”.

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