English Dwarf athlete wins Greater Sport Disabled Sports Achiever of the Year
Record breaking shot and discus thrower Sean Clare has won the Greater Sport Disabled Sports Achiever of the Year. Sean is an F40 (dwarf) athlete who has made some remarkable achievements in 2012. But it has been a year of joys and disappointments; the beginning of the year saw Sean throw a new British Record in the F40 Discus in his first competition. Three days later he was back in action at the London Visa Disability Challenge competition at the Olympic Stadium and placed 3rd breaking the British record for a second time.
Throughout his season he excelled at every competition and furthered his PB. Training was going to plan and he was on track to hit the qualifying mark for the Paralympics.
The McCain Birmingham Games & Parallel Success competition was the last chance to qualify for the Paralympics. The weather was great for Discus throwing and the competition was full. Sean took to the circle and launched his Discus to a new British record of 30m and 926 points which was 46 points further than he needed. It moved him to 9th in the world and he became the first British dwarf to throw over 30m.
The time had come for the Paralympic team to be picked and Sean narrowly missed out on a spot on the team. It was a disappointing time for Sean and although he had done everything he could it wasn’t enough to persuade the selectors.
All was not lost though as Sean had been recognised for his achievements by Wigan Leisure & Culture Trust at their 12th Annual Wigan Borough Sports Awards. Upon winning the award for Disabled Sports Achiever of the Year he went in to the Greater Manchester Sports Awards final and was up against winners from 9 other regions. Sean was up against tough competition, one of which was a Paralympic Weightlifter.
As all the names were read out it came down to and the winner is.....Sean Clare. Sean received his award from Paralympic Champion and 4 time gold medallist at the London Paralympics, David Weir. Sean was surprised and delighted to win the award and to quote him he was "made up to win the award, so surprised."
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