A Moorlands para-athlete is gearing up to take part in the Tokyo Paralympics Games. Shaun Burrows, who lives in Cheadle, will be competing in one of two heats of the T38 Men’s 400 metres race on Monday (August 30) – Tokyo time: 12.11pm for Heat One, or 12.19pm for Heat Two.
A Moorlands para-athlete is gearing up to take part in the Tokyo Paralympics Games.
Shaun Burrows, who lives in Cheadle, will be competing in one of two heats of the T38 Men’s 400 metres race on Monday (August 30) – Tokyo time: 12.11pm for Heat One, or 12.19pm for Heat Two.
And then, all being well, if he qualifies, Shaun will then compete in the final the following day (Tuesday, August 31) at 19.31pm Tokyo time.
Shaun has previously competed in the Para World Championships in Doha 2015 where he won a bronze medal for the 400 metres.
After a few ups and down with his health, Shaun then went back into training in 2019 and managed to compete in a couple of competitions between the pandemic lockdowns and then this year, in June, he competed in Poland at the World European Athletics Championships for GB and won a Silver medal in the 400 metres and a massive personal best from 53.45 seconds down to 53.02 seconds.
This is one of the reasons why Shaun was selected to represent GB at the Paralympics in Tokyo for the 400 metres.
He said at the time of being selected: “I’m amazed as I didn’t think I would be picked.
“This was supposed to be a training year but I guess my plans have changed completely.
“I don’t mind if I’m last as if I am I will be last out of the best in the world.”
Businesses, organisations and individuals across Cheadle are sending out their wishes to the town’s para-athlete star by displaying good luck posters and banners for Shaun.
Cheadle Town Mayor, councillor Sue Walley, has also wished Shaun well in her Mayor’s Message for our paper. She said: “I will be watching Shaun Burrows as he competes in the Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Cheadle is proud of you.”
Shaun has already flown off to Japan with fellow Team GB para-athletes, initially to stay at a holding camp near to Tokyo.
Shaun’s dad, Mick told the Times & Echo on Monday: “Shaun left on August 14 to head to Yokohama first for a holding camp and he has moved into the Paralympic Village today.
“I spoke to him earlier and he said it’s really strange as when people see them on the coaches heading for training they are all waving cheering as they go by and its all becoming a bit real.
“He was really surprised when we told him that local businesses are supporting him with some good luck posters in windows.”
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