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Para-athlete Shaun takes a step back in running distance for Commonwealth sprint challenge

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26 MAY

Para-athlete Shaun takes a step back in running distance for Commonwealth sprint challenge

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A para-athlete from the Staffordshire Moorlands has been selected to compete in this year’s Commonwealth Games, in Birmingham, after qualifying to run at a much shorter distance. Shaun Burrows, from Cheadle, made his debut appearance as a T38 para-athlete over 400m at last year's Paralympic Games, in Tokyo, after overcoming health problems, where he finished seventh in the final.

A para-athlete from the Staffordshire Moorlands has been selected to compete in this year’s Commonwealth Games, in Birmingham, after qualifying to run at a much shorter distance.

Shaun Burrows, from Cheadle, made his debut appearance as a T38 para-athlete over 400m at last year’s Paralympic Games, in Tokyo, after overcoming health problems, where he finished seventh in the final.

But he has been forced to step back to a quicker paced 100m for the Commomwealth challenge, as there is no 400m distance included in the programme.

His father Mick explained: “This year he had to have a change of plan when the Para Athletics World championships were cancelled early in the year, that left Shaun with no major 400m competitions this year.

“The only other major competition was the Commonwealth Games, but unfortunately there was no 400m for Shaun’s classification, only a 100m.

“So his training plan changed and he started working on short sprints, which has taken a lot of getting used to, as the training is completely different to what he normally does.

“But through hard work, grit, determination and the desire to earn an England kit and compete at a home games he has managed to get a qualifying time.”

Shaun, 24, took up running at the age of 13, with the North Staffordshire Special Olympics group, and went to the Para World Championships, in Doha 2015, where he won a bronze medal for 400m.

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