Wheelchair athlete to represent GB in Doha World Champs

AKS wheelchair athlete Isaac Towers.
AKS wheelchair athlete Isaac Towers.
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Teenager Isaac Towers is preparing for the race of his life.

Wheelchair athlete Isaac, 17, from Catterall, has been selected to join the GB squad in the IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha.

Doha is a stepping stone for many of the athletes on their respective journeys to Rio, London 2017 and Tokyo 2020

Paralympic head coach

This is one of the last major competitions ahead of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games.

The competition runs until October 31.

It involves around 1,300 athletes from 90 countries and will take place in Qatar.

Isaac was born with cerebral palsy and is doing BTEC Business studies.

The Cardinal Newman College student took up para-athletics when he was only 11, after being introduced to the sport by Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson’s husband.

He trains at Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde Athletic Club and received the Disability Sports Award at the 2013 and 2014 Blackpool Community Sports Awards.

At the IPC Athletics, Isaac will be competing in the 200m, 400m and 800m and is ranked as 7th for 800m.

His ultimate goal is to get a place at the Paralympics.

Besides his college studies, Isaac trains every day.

He has two days per week of specific training and two days a week of gym training, then the other three days per week it is less formal training

Paralympic head coach, Paula Dunn said: “It’s a really exciting team heading out to Doha for the IPC Athletics World Championships. We’ve got a real mix of athletes who have won medals on the global stage as well as a number of new faces, which is really encouraging looking ahead.

“Doha is a stepping stone for many of the athletes on their respective journeys to Rio, London 2017 and Tokyo 2020. I know the team will leave no stone unturned to deliver the sort of performances that we witnessed in Lyon two years ago.”

Cardinal Newman principal Nick Burnham said: “We are incredibly proud of Isaac for being selected as part of team GB. We will all be cheering him on when he competes in Doha.”

Isaac’s story so far:

Isaac (14) sets new course record

Young Isaac’s towering achievement

Isaac missed out on top BBC award