Wednesday, 3 August 2005

More records broken at World Junior Championships

The first IWAS (International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation) World Junior Championships was held at Stoke Mandeville Stadium on 6th & 7th July 2005. Once again Get Kids Going! wheelchair athletes who formed a major part of the Great British (GB) squad, gave outstanding performances.

Nathan Stephens from Bridgend was the dominant figure in the under-18 field events, winning the shot, discus and javelin titles.

Sarah Loughran enjoyed double success, taking the under-21 sprint and middle-distance titles.

Mickey Bushell won the under-16 combined sprints (100 and 200m) crown. Coach, Paul Hunt, an inspiring Get Kids Going! athlete reported: “The 200m was the first event on the 7th, again Mickey had an early start, but a gust of wind on the bend helped his opposition go past, Mickey closed the gap down the home straight but ran out distance to take them he finished 3rd with a time of 31.95 sec. This was enough to earn Mickey the under 16's world Sprints championship.”

Sam Scott of Wales won the under-16 javelin and discus with a new World records for both events.

Brian Alldis, who was named in the GB team for the European Championships in Finland next month, finished second in his events to Switzerland's Marcel Hug.

Paul Hunt, provided a brilliant report of the track events and told how the team heard an exciting announcement on the 6th:

“Everyone made their way to the cafĂ© to wait for the 2012 announcement. Thankfully it was the decision we all dreamed of… London hosting the Olympics and Paralympics in 2012. Everyone cheered - it was great to see so many happy faces.”

“Personally I would like to congratulate the whole Great Britain team in making the competition a great success for the country. I endeavour to make the team bigger for next year's event.”