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Two Students to Compete for England

Two of our pupils are to compete at the Cerebral Palsy World Athletics Championships next year. Joel James and Thomas Talbot have been called up by England to take part in the games in San Cugat, Spain next August.

Thomas competes as an international RaceRunner, a sport for athletes with cerebral palsy involving a three-wheeled trike with no pedals. RaceRunners propel themselves forward using their legs while holding the handlebars, and the sport was recently inducted as a Paralympic discipline.

Thomas took up the sport three years ago and has competed across the country in Cerebral Palsy Sport’s Athletics Series and other national events. He is the current European Junior Cup champion for 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m after a storming performance in Denmark last year. After a tough year medically Thomas had a remarkable comeback by becoming the national under 16 champion at 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m.

“I am so honoured to have been selected for the England team to compete at the Cerebral Palsy World Games in 2018. I was too young to compete in 2015 when they were in Nottingham despite meeting all the Games standards. I’m so proud that I will be representing my country again at a world event and can’t wait to compete now, especially after all I have gone through. I’m really looking forward to all the hard work to prepare for the World Games.”

Joel, meanwhile took up wheelchair basketball in 2012 and tried other sports, but he became hooked on wheelchair racing when he met London Paralympian Jamie Carter, and was invited to use his chair.

Joel now competes over various distances ranging from the 100m sprint to the three mile mini marathon, made his race debut at the 2014 London Mini Marathon and later joined Coventry Godiva Athletics Club. Earlier this year, he attended a training camp with reigning T54 world champion wheelchair racer, Marcel Hug, in Switzerland and following the camp, made his international bow at the Swiss Junior championships as an invited athlete.

He has competed for the England North team at the School Games at Loughborough University for the last two years, and aims to use next year’s championships to help fuel his dream of competing at the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo.  

Source | Sleaford Standard

Good luck to both Thomas and Joel from everyone here at St George's Academy.