Dan Powell

Sports - Disability Sport

Sprinting towards medalling in the 2014 European Champs and the Rio 2016 Paralympics

Goal

I would like to raise money to pay for training costs, getting to and from major domestic competitions, sprint spikes and expert coaching!

Background

I competed in the 2012 Paralympics in the sport of Judo. I am a visually impaired athlete and now have switched sport to sprinting. After 6 weeks of training I have met the qualification criteria for the 100m, 200m, 400m and long jump for this years European championships in August. 

If I continue to improve I will be on track for medalling in the Europeans and therefore giving me a high chance of competing in Rio 2016.

Current Position

I'm currently training at Liverpool Harriers and rely on lifts to and from training by my family due to my visual impairment.

I cannot achieve funding status from British Athletics until at least December so I need to pay towards my training by other means for the time being.

With my times in training without blocks and after just 8 weeks of training it would put me in the low teens for the European ranking list and in the top 10 for long jump.

The Future

My short term goals are to develop more sprinting technique and officially qualify for the European Championships.

My longer term goal is to become the fastest paralympian ever and win gold in Rio.

Achievements

My achievements all to date have been in Judo. I am Merseyside Champion, Northwest Champion, US Open Silver Medalist, German Open Bronze Medalist and my highest achievement being a 7th place in the Paralympic Games in London.

I have now achieved all of the qualifying times for the 2014 European Championships which will be staged in Swansea in August.

Summary

By raising funds this will make my goal of making the GB team for Rio 2016 far more realistic.

It will help me be the best and fulfil my true potential.

Any help would be amazing and would not be forgotten when I'm on the podium in Rio.

Links

Dan Powell on Twitter

British Judo article on London 2012 performance