A Summer Packed With Achievement For Ready Athletes
Most of us like to take things easy in the summer. A pint in a pub garden, perhaps a holiday featuring nothing more than a book and a beach. But for our READY athletes, Summer 2015 has been packed to the brim with incredible and inspiring achievements. Let us take you though some of them right now!
Notwil Grand Prix: Switzerland: 1st June
Toby Gold who READY have helped with several pieces of equipment throughout his racing career and who has been a great ambassador for READY, set a new European record in the T33 200m racing to a 32.66 finish behind Kuwait’s Almutairi Ahmad with the latter setting a new world record.
Toby also found out this week (17th September 2015) that he has been officially selected for the IPC World Championships T33 100m catergory in Doha which puts him in good stead for future team selections.
READY has committed to supplying Toby with a new racing wheelchair. “Having the right chair is of particular importance as my event (T33 100m) has officially been confirmed for the upcoming Paralympics in 2016 in Rio, and the World Championships in London 2017″
On 29 May Dillon won the BUPA WESTMINSTER MILE under 20 race in his new chair.
He also did very well in Switzerland, (Notwil Grand Prix 1 June), achieving PBs in all his races. His parents said “he is very happy with his new chair. He is now looking forward to representing Great Britain at the forthcoming IWAS WORLD JUNIOR GAMES, in the Netherlands. Please extend our appreciation to each and everyone of the trustees”.
Not only was he looking forward to it; he won a Gold medal in the 1500m race at the IWAS WORLD JUNIOR GAMES held in the Netherlands, in July.
He also won a gold medal in the 1500m race, bronze in the 100m & 800m races at the UK CAU & ENGLAND SENIOR AAA’S CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015, held at Bedford, on the 1st and 2nd of August.
His parents again;
“He has been achieving PBs,at almost every competition, since receiving his new chair. We are ever so grateful to READY. Without you, he couldn’t have realised his potential and continue to reach his dreams.”
Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games: Olympic Stadium: 26th July
Sophie produced a strong performance to finish runner-up to World and European champion Marlou van Rhijn in the T44 100m in front of a large home crowd and shown on national TV. Kamlish – who was sixth in the event at the London 2012 Paralympic Games – clocked 13.66, while van Rhijn set a new stadium record of 13.04.
READY supplied Sophie’s original blade for London 2012 and thanks to support from the girls at Surbiton High School, we will be providing her with a new running blade shortly. Sophie’s mum Roz “It was really a very exciting day. Can’t believe she started racing there nearly 3 years ago! Her times have certainly got faster since having her new blade so we again really appreciate your generous support for Sophie”.
IPC Italian Grand Prix: 15th June
The most prolific British winner over the three days of competition was Coventry teenager Kare Adenegan. The 14-year-old won the T34 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m in Grosetto. In the 100m, she led a British 1-2-3, winning in 19.81 from Mel Nicholls who was runner-up in 21.18, and Paige Murray third in 24.57. Adenegan won the 200m in 35.95, with Murray second in 45.61, and the 400m in 1:03.36, with Murray again second (in 1:22.73). Over 800m the Coventry-based teenager recorded a quadruple of victories recording 2:07.16, with Nicholls second in 2:08.36 and Murray third in 2:47.34.
The following month (27 July) was the Sainsbury’s Anniversary Games at the Olympic Stadium. Kare came second to the Paralympic champion, Hannah Cockroft in the 400m. At 14 years old she is over 10 years younger than Hannah and Hannah praised her in the post race interview. She also beat the double London 2012 silver medallist Amy Siemons from the Netherlands and Djami Diallo (Canada), Desiree Vranken (Nederlands) and Alexa Halko (USA).
Notwil Grand Prix: Switzerland: 1st June.
There were an astounding four British records for Ben Rowlings as the Coventry athlete powered to lifetime bests over 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m. The 19 year old posted a four second personal best over 800m finishing in 1:46.50 while he shaved over half a second off in the 400m crossing the line in 54.52. There were also marginal improvements over both sprint distances for the multiple British record holder finishing the 100m and 200m in 16.74 and 29.07 respectively
Two weeks later was the IPC Italian Grand Prix 15 June.
Ben Rowlings who has been in record breaking form lately, was a three-time winner over the weekend. He won the T34 100m in 18.02 (-3.2), 200m in 30.64 (-2.3) and 800m in 1:53.00.
These incredible achievements are due in no small part to your fantastic support. A racing wheelchair can cost upward of £4000 so keeping our athletes competing is a costly challenge. Help us keep them on the track and donate HERE