Graeme Ballard wins gold at the WPA European Athletics Championships

Congratulations to our Sporting Ambassador Graeme Ballard who has won Gold at the World Para Athletics European Championships in Berlin.

Graeme first got involved in the sport when he was 19 while attending Beaumont College in Lancaster. He was then asked to compete at the Cerebral Palsy Sport competition, in Nottingham

In May 2012, Graeme became the world record holder in the T36 100m, securing a time of 11.98 at the Paralympic World Cup in Manchester. At London 2012, his third Games, Graeme won silver in this event, adding to the bronze medal that he won in the T36 200m in Athens.

Graeme won the European title for the T36 100m with a season’s best time of 12.32 seconds seeing him ease to the line clear of the rest of the field. Graeme also capped off 14 years of international competition with a bronze medal in the men’s T36 200m before announcing that he was retiring from international athletics.

Graeme Ballard medal

“I feel absolutely overwhelmed. I thought it was going to be hard after the false start, but experience showed in the end,” he said.

“The closest to me was Roman Pavlyk, and I expected him to be a lot closer to myself.

“Roman’s been around nearly as long as I’ve been around, so I expected a bit more of a challenge, but you can’t beat experience.

“My race went as good as it could’ve gone, to plan and I’m really pleased with the way I went out there and hit it hard.”

Graeme will be competing again on saturday in the T36 200m, the event in which he became a Paralympic medallist for the first time – way back in 2004.

Congratulations Stephen from all the team at Cerebral Palsy Sport and good luck in your next race on Saturday.