Lewis Clow

Sports - Athletics

Para Athlete, ambition to compete at Rio 2016

Goal

With the money that is raised id like to attend IPC competitions at a higher level and to achieve my Athletics ambition by Competing at the Paralympics

Background

I had Cerebral Palsy at birth, but despite this i loved football by age nine i was playing with the CP Scotland team until i was 17 when i transferred to Athletics.i first took up athletics in August 2013 after attending a sport talent ID day hosted by Para GB in Glasgow. i was told id need to find a coach to take me further in athletics, Scottish Athletics' para lead coach Ian Mirfin and SDS Regional manager Claire MacDonald selected my coach in Trevor Madigan, to start off with Trevor was cautious when it came to my training because he had no experience working with a disabled athlete so for the 1st month or so it was a bit of trial and error to find the right method for us to go forward with my training. we knew before i started athletics that there was a T37 100m race at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, at the time it was ten months away, before being able to qualify for the games, i had to get Classified to compete in IPC events, we decided it would be best to go over to Dubai to allow me the maximum time to get my 2 times needed for the games, Scottish Disability decided that they were going to fund myself and Trevor to go out to Dubai, whilst there, i got classified as a T37 athlete and won a gold and bronze. after Dubai, we still had to get 2 qualifying times, i eventually got my two times at meets in Kingston with 13.22 and Watford with 13.21 and on June 12th i got selected as part of Team Scotland for Glasgow 2014. at the games i raced in my heat on the 28th of July and ran a time of 13.41, i finished 5th in my heat but i missed out on the final by 0.07s, despite this i held my head high as i achieved what we set out to do by qualifying for the games in just ten months. prior to the games we were mostly self funded, but we did get a couple grants from SDS, Winning Students and Sports Aid, all roughly a £1000 pounds each, plus i gained roughly £2000 pounds from a local company. these were very helpful as competition was mostly in England

Current Position

I am currently a member of Aberdeen AAC and of the Scottish Disability Sport Athlete Academy.

I am also a member of the Hydra-sun Athletics Academy which has given me access to physio, Sports Massage and Strength and Conditioning.

I am currently studying for my HND in Computer Networking at Aberdeen College.

Half way through the winter season and doing some local and national indoor meets.

We have planned to go back out to compete in Dubai in February again as an early season outdoor competition and our main competition this year will be the Cerebral Palsy world Games in Nottingham in August.

We still have a little bit money left over from the funding i relieved before the games but we don't feel that this will get us far as we would like to compete in more IPC approved events which are mostly in England and abroad. 

I am currently training 6 days a week and because i live in a small village 15 miles north of Aberdeen, i have to get a bus in to training, which costs me £94 pounds a month.

The Future

My Goal for this season is to get under 12.5 seconds and 27 seconds over the 100 and 200 metres respectively and to also break into the top 20 in the world rankings in both distances. i also would like to medal at the Cerebral Palsy World Games.

My long term goal is to achieve qualification to Rio 2016 and other major Competitions such as future Commonwealth games, European and World Championships.

Without the necessary funding i wont be able to achieve my long term goals and further my training to get to that higher level that i want to be at.

Achievements

Bronze and Gold medal in Dubai in February over 100 and 200 metres respectively

Gold over 200 metres at the Bedford international games in May

Competed for Team Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July

Student of the year award at the 2014 Aberdeen Sports Awards and also Highly Commended for the junior Athlete of the year at these awards

Novice Sprinter of the year Award at the Aberdeen AAC awards and also awarded a Special quaich in recognition for competing at Glasgow 2014.

Personal Bests;

60 metres - 8.47

100 metres - 13.18 non wind assisted, 12.82 wind assisted

200 metres - 27.13

British Ranking;

100 metres-4th

200 metres-3rd

Closing Message

My main goal is to compete at Rio 2016 and any money raised will be put to good use in helping me achieve this and improve my ability as an Athlete