Shaun Burrows finished an excellent fourth in the T38 100m final at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.
The 24-year-old finished seventh in the T38 400-metre final in 2020 Tokyo Paralympics, while his medal collection includes a 2015 World Championship bronze and European 400m silver.
We caught up with Shaun to chat about his amazing opportunity to represent Team England at the Commonwealth Games and how the experience was.
Q.) You finished 4th in the 2022 Commonwealth Games T37/38 100m final in front of a packed crowd in Birmingham – just describe that experience for us?
A.) It was very emotional with the crowd as we don’t normally compete in front of a big crowd.
Q.) The race was of such high quality with Evan O’Hanlon, Charl Du Toit and Zachary Gingras winning the medals – were you happy with your own personal performance?
A.) I have mixed feelings about the race, I was really happy and proud to be there but gutted to have missed out by such a small margin considering it is not my usual event as i am a 400m runner normally.
Q.) How much did you enjoy the opening ceremony, competing, the crowd and closing ceremony?
A.) The opening ceremony I was still in Loughborough at the prep camp, competing for me was just like any other race but the crowd made it more emotional and knowing that my family were in the crowd as well, the closing ceremony was amazing and it was the first time i had done one.
Q.) What are your goals ahead of the 2024 Paris Paralympics?
A.) In the run up to Paris 2024 I will be training hard and hope to be selected for the World Championships next year.
Q.) Did the atmosphere and brilliant experience in Birmingham inspire you to achieve more in your athletics career?
A.) This was the first time I had competed in front of a full stadium as at the Tokyo Paralympics no fans were allowed, the feeling was brilliant and I hope to compete in front of a big crowd again.
Q.) CP Sport are running an athletics ‘Have A Go Day’ event in Doncaster on 20th August – people can come along and try frame running, throwing, jumping and more. Would you encourage people to sign up and give all the different sports a go?
A.) Yes I would encourage anyone to have a go and I see it as part of my responsibility as an elite athlete to encourage others to try sport.
To sign up for our Athletics event in Doncaster on Saturday 20th August, follow the link.