I'm writing this blog to tell you about wheelchair racing. I've been doing this sport since the age of 8, and over the years I have taken part in various competitions all over the UK. I love every minute of it, and I've collected over 15 medals, 2 wall plaques and one large trophy.
As a child I was always very sporty, but wheelchair racing was the sport I decided to take a little bit further.
My first competition was the junior championships where I competed in 5 different events: 100m sprint, 600m sprint, 200m sprint, slalom racing, shot put and discuss. I came away from this competition with 2 silver medals.
The amount of training I had to do to get to the level I needed to be at was intense! I had to go down to my local athletics track 3 times a week for 4 hours each session.
At the age of 13 I competed in my very first national competition weekend in Blackpool, I was amazed that I came away with 5 medals from that.
I have the best coach I could ever ask for, he takes the time to mentor me and push me to be the best of my ability, even when times are hard.
Over the years I've become very loyal to the amount of training you have to commit to doing to be able to compete at high levels. I'll admit to anyone who is interested in taking up sport at a competitive level: it's not easy, but don't give up and you can be the best you can be.
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