CP Sport collected profiles from people with CP that have participated in physical activity during 2023. The profiles are being used to celebrate and showcase the activities that have been achieved this year.
Name: Toby Markham
Club/Recreational Group: Newham and Essex Beagles
Which sports did you participate in during 2023: 800m and 1500m T38 athlete
What was your biggest achievement in physical activity in 2023: I have been involved in athletics since 2012 after being inspired by going to see the Paralympics at the London Stadium. I had been a sprinter doing the 100m and 200m since those games. In January 2023 an England Athletics coach suggested I try middle distance as my Park Run times were good (I am no. 1 on the Power of 10 for T38 athletes in this event). Since then I have competed in many meets and was really proud to achieve a PB in the 1500m of 4.56 in my first season. I have been called up to be a member of the England Athletics Para Academy to be coached by top coaches and can’t wait for my first training camp in January.
How did you benefit from participating in physical activity throughout 2023: Athletics has kept me fit and healthy but has also boosted my self-confidence. I always now enjoy meeting new people on the track as well as seeing old faces for a catch-up.
What would you like to achieve in sport in 2024: I want to continue improving my timings in the 1500m and Park Runs and get more personal bests.
Which other sports would you like to try in 2024: I wish there were more para – athletics have a go days in the London or Essex for me to have a go at some field events.
What would you say to other people with CP that are thinking of trying physical activity in 2024: Just because you may have a disability give any sport you fancy a go. After watching the 2012 Paralympics I said to my mum “They’re people like me.” She asked if I wanted to have a go and I found a really supportive club and I haven’t looked back. I am sure there is a Sport out there for everyone!
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