On 10 November 2015 we were treated to a most interesting talk on sporting opportunities in Leeds for disabled athletes. Ross Bibby, Leeds Disability Sports Officer gave us a summary of the opportunities that the city offers for budding disabled athletes and Nick Smith, a wheelchair sprinter joined us for lunch and told us all about his sporting achievements and ambitions. He brought along his lightweight racing wheelchair for us all to see and admire.
Nick has been into sports such as basketball and tennis since he was six years old. However he only started to take wheelchair athletics seriously two years ago and has discovered he has a natural talent for sprinting. The athlete, whose mobility is affected by a condition called arthrogryposis, was recently selected for the British Athletics Parallel Success Talent Development Squad. He was ranked as high as 12th in the world for the 100 metre sprint in the T52 classification this summer and he aims to compete at the Paralympic Games at Rio 2016 or Tokyo 2020.
Thank you Nick & Ross for sharing your experiences with us.