DAC paraathletes Leaha Dixon and William Baxter represented Doncaster on the global stage put in some great performances for Team England in the CPISRA World Games in Sant Cugat, Barcelona from 7-11 August. The games featured athletes from 25 nations and included full paralympic internationals from several countries.
The heat, up to 38 degrees some days, and intense humidity made sprinting events very difficult. Despite the conditions, Leaha put in some fine performances. After a heavy fall in the T35 100m final she picked herself up to cross the line in 6th place. In the 200m after cruising through the qualifying heats Leaha finished 5th in the final. In the 400m her strongest event she was a close second behind the Australian champion.
F36 thrower William came third with a throw of 10.23m in the F36 shot put final behind paralympic and world championship gold medallists from Poland and the UAE. He threw 35.37m to set a new national record in discus and came third behind the same opposition. In javelin he threw a new national record of 24.39m and was second behind the Polish world record holder.
Leaha and William would like to thank all their friends at DAC for their support and encouragement at training sessions in recent months.