A NORTH-EAST broadcaster has made a young disabled athlete's dreams come true by giving him his first taste of fame.

Paul "Goffy" Gough, from North-East radio station Century FM, met 18-year-old David Clark, from Netherfields, Middlesbrough, at The Northern Echo's Local Heroes Awards in November.

There, David picked up the Over-16 Special Achievement Award.

The plucky youngster excels in swimming and football despite his disability, and spends a lot of time talking to disabled groups about the benefits of sport, engaging them in activities they might have believed were out of reach.

David told Goffy, who was hosting the event, that his ambition was to be a broadcaster and the radio maestro stepped in to offer him the chance to present his Goffy In The Morning show.

David, a media production student at Sunderland University, recorded the programme on Friday and the show went out on Sunday morning.

David, who was born without his lower legs and his left arm, thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

"I was really, really impressed with the technical aspects of the production and how much work goes into making a radio show.

"Goffy was absolutely hilarious and when I finish university, I definitely want to go into radio presenting."