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Athletics including 100m and 200m sprints and long jump.
Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Peterborough athlete, Karim Chan realized his love of sport at a very young age by mimicking on television, jumping and running at any opportunity in school, particularly in PE and on sports day.
In September 2013 Karim joined Nene Valley Harriers Special Needs club, run by Coach Ian Nolan, where he began his athletics training. He soon fell in love with sprints and long jump which gave him opportunities to pursue his dream of becoming an athlete.
He achieved his first gold medal at the Special Olympics competition in Lee Valley, London in November 2013. He followed this up by achieving more gold medals in the 2014 Special Olympics regional competition in Boston.
On 9th May 2015, Karim and the Nene Valley Harriers Special Needs team attended the Eastern Region Disability Championships held in Chelmsford. More than 140 athletes from the region took part to try and secure a place at the National finals in Warwick. The result from his weekly trainings paid off, he won three gold medals, including 100m and 200m sprints and also the Long jump, which enabled him to qualify for the national finals in June 2015 in Warwick. Karim was also presented with the Paul Digney Shield for best performer on the day, this is the first time any disabled athlete in Peterborough has received such an award.
On 19th May Karim competed in the school’s athletic meeting in Cambridge where he continued to perform at his best and achieved new personal bests for 100m in 12.93s and Long jump distance of 5.94m.
From 27th to 28th June 2015 Karim took part in the national finals at Warwick University Athletics Track organised by the English Federation of Disability Sports. Karim once again beat his previous records for 100m and long jump, by running the 100m in 12.6s, and by jumping 5.18m, which gave him his first national gold medal. He is now attending extra training once a week with the mainstream group of Nene Valley Harriers, hopefully the extra training will enable him to compete in more national events in the future. With his success so far, Karim wishes more youngsters who have a disability can take part in sports just like him.
On the on the 1st – 3rd September Karim attended the National Champion School Games 2016 at Louborough University. This event that is held annually for elite athletes who have been selected by UK rankings. Karim was chosen for Long Jump to join the South East team. Karim competed on the second day and achieved 5.64m, although short of his personal best it was good enough to secure a Gold medal position and became the national school games champion 2016 in the Ambulant Long Jump. This was an amazing opportunity and experience, to experience competing at multi events is like and a stepping stone for better things ahead.
Karim has just been chosen to attend British Athletics talent development squads from 2016-2017, which will cover a whole core of things, including strength and conditioning, nutrition, technical training, through to how to manage himself in stressful situations in competition, this is a two year membership with hope as a potential for Tokoyo and afar, in the pipeline next year is that they have decided to IPC classify him which will enable him to go on to GB selections and Paralympic and IPC competitions and world rankings list.
He is now being coached by UKA national coach Femi Akinsanya who is based at Loughborough university 3 times a week where all his training takes place.
Karim’s UK classification has been finalised as T20/F20 and you can view all of his athletics Power of 10 results here
Karim has recently competed in the 2017 Midland Senior & Under 20’s Championship, finishing with a height/distance of 5.93. He will be representing Great Britain in the Inaugural World Para Athletics Junior Championships in Switzerland. You can view his results here
You can keep up to date with Karim’s achievements and training here.