A para-athlete from the Moorlands has been selected to compete in this year’s Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Shaun Burrows, of Cecilly Grove in Cheadle is a T38 Para athlete who went to the Para World Championships in Doha 2015 where he won a bronze medal for the 400 metres.
A para-athlete from the Moorlands has been selected to compete in this year’s Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
Shaun Burrows, of Cecilly Grove in Cheadle is a T38 Para athlete who went to the Para World Championships in Doha 2015 where he won a bronze medal for the 400 metres.
His father Mick further explained: “After that Shaun had a rough few years with a really bad hamstring injury. He snapped the tendon at the top of his left hamstring which took over 12 months to heal but just before it healed fully he managed to tear his right hamstring as it was taking up a lot of extra strain.
“As a result of those injuries and the pressure he was under to try and keep fit enough to hit times for his event Shaun ended up having a mental breakdown and at one point in late 2018 he didn’t even want to run any more.
“After a few months and help from the right people and family Shaun returned to training in the middle of 2019 and then along came Covid, training was then done at home and running round the leisure centre carpark.
“Shaun did manage to get a couple of competitions done in 2020 in between lockdowns and surprised us all with the times he was getting really close to his personal best time.
“Then in May this year Shaun had a phone call telling him he had been selected to compete in Poland at the World European Athletics Championships for GB which he did in June 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 confirmed as having been selected to represent GB at the Paralympics in Tokyo for the 400 metres.
“Shaun couldn’t believe it and the whole family were ecstatic and really proud or rather even more proud than normal of what he has done.”
Shaun said of being picked for this year’s Paralympics: “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 I will be last out of the best in the world.”
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