Thomas – My Sporting Journey Part 11

I’m so pleased to publish the 11th and – sadly – final episode of Thomas Talbot’s Sporting Journey. This has been the most wonderful series of posts to be able to put up on the Website and we are extremely grateful to Thomas for finding time in what has been and extraordinarily busy and successful year to share his journey with us.

In his own words:

Well what a year it has been… Thomas Talbot

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A Fine way to end the season!

The day dawned really sunny and warm which is always helpful to a cerebral palsy athlete. This year was also slightly different as I had an international competitor competing against me in the RR2 classification races.

My first race was the 100m and in a hard fought race I took gold, ran a pb and ran under 24 seconds for the first time in my racing career.

Picture shows me on the run in of the 100m final

Picture shows me on the run in of the 100m final

I then had the 800m race which is the race I always look forward to. In the first lap it was really close with the RaceRunner from the Netherlands but I won fairly comfortably after the last lap!

 Pictures above show the run in on the last lap of the 800m.

 Pictures above show the run in on the last lap of the 800m.

After lunch it was the 200m race and again I won gold and was pleased with my time. My final event of the Nationals was the 400m and in a great race I was so pleased to come away with gold. It was a great way to finish my 2018 season which was made even more special when it was announced that I had also won the 2018 Junior Tack athlete of the year award. This award is based on the performances through the season that earns points for how much you improve on your pbs.

With my Track of the Year Award  

With my Track of the Year Award  

Four National Golds!

Four National Golds!

Following the Nationals, I have had some surgery to take the plate out of my leg and surgery also on my left knee and I’m recovering now from that before training starts in earnest again for next season. I’ve got lots of physio and rehabilitation to do but can’t wait to get back on the track.

Another hospital stay!

Another hospital stay!

As the season ended for me it was lovely to look back on how far I have come with my times, learning to race in tough races and dealing with my new classification. I have lots to learn and am looking forward to the winter season.

I’m also really honoured to have received some awards since the season finished. I was awarded the Cerebral Palsy Sport Sports Achiever of the Year Award and also my District’s Community Champions Young Achiever of the Year Award. I am also nominated for the Lincolnshire Sports Disabled Sport Person of the Year Awards and the ceremony is being held in early November.

The Cerebral Palsy Sport Sports Achiever of the Year Award

The Cerebral Palsy Sport Sports Achiever of the Year Award

District’s Community Champions Young Achiever of the Year Award

District’s Community Champions Young Achiever of the Year Award

Well what a year it has been and I truly could not have achieved everything that I have without all the support I have been given. Thank you to my coach Lee who has been incredible with the support he has given.

Thank you to the Douglas Bader Foundation and all the supporters who have helped me this year.

A massive thank you for all the wonderful messages of support during this season and most of all thank you to my friends and family and especially Mum, Dad and Mattie for being there every step of the way. It means so much!

Thank you and this is Thomas signing off now

Thank You!

Thomas

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Useful links: (all links will open in new tabs)

  • Click on the link to open a pdf version of Thomas’s Sporting Journey Part 11. This can be downloaded and printed.
  • Click HERE to visit the Bader Grants News Page where you will find previous instalments of Thomas’s Sporting Journey.
  • If, having read Thomas’s posts, you’re inspired to apply for a Bader Grant to help you to pursue your own journey, please click on the links to find out more about Bader Grants and how you can go about applying for a Bader Grant.

We are incredibly proud of Thomas who has had a brilliantly successful season during which the hard work and dedication of past years have really paid off. Not only is he a very talented young athlete but he displays a commitment and determination to succeed at the highest level in his chosen sport of RaceRunning that can serve as an inspiration to all. We are delighted to have been able to support him on his Sporting Journey and thank him in turn for his support of the DBF. His Sporting Journey has provided a fascinating insight into the pursuit of a dream.

We have no doubt that you will be hearing more from and about Thomas – his Sporting Journey will undoubtedly continue and take him right to the top!

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I will shortly be putting all Thomas’s posts together so that they can be downloaded as one so watch this space…!

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